ThirstyBird (2997) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Hanoi pump at the Crown in Berko. Pours a very dark black/brown with a deep tan head. The smell is dark roast, mild brown sugar and a touch of fruit. The taste is roasty, fruity with a touch of caramel and a then a dry roasty end.
Light+ in body with a grainy texture and a soft carbonation.
4,6,6,3,12 john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 4), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2009 - Dark Brown in colour. Malty; roast malty; chocolate & coffee. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Mild in flavour. Moderately sweet. Dry finish. Easy drinking. (2009-08)
RichTheVillan (8248) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2016; dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has dark fruits and a hint of coffee, taste has coffee, some liquorice.
Grumbo (3974) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Cask at the Great British Beer Festival 2016. Poured a very dark brown with a beige coloured head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nut. Medium roasted bitterness. Body is fairly light, texture slick. Biscuity finish. Theydon_Bois (20621) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Cask at GBBF ’16, day one, 09/08/16.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan cap.
Nose is earthy fruit rinds, light spice, toffee, biscuit.
Taste comprises brown bread, toffee, mild peppery spice, fruit cake.
Medium body, fine carbonation, drying close.
mR_fr0g (13500) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Cask at GBBF 2016 09/08/2016. A nutty brown coloured pour with a a lasting beige head. Aroma is jammy fruit, berry. Flavour is composed of sweet nutty malts, jammy fruit, Palate is semi sweet, watery, thin, lowish carbonation. The_Osprey (9140) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Cask, handpull at The Angel, Islington as ’Vale Black Swan’, 3.9%. Very dark brown, red hue, still, clear, no real head. Aroma is light chocolate syrup, cola, molasses. Body is light, smooth, very soft carbonation. Taste is molasses, cheap cola, some apple peel, no real bitterness. A bit on the insipid side. It’s OK. Vladivostok (491) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Dark, almost porter colour with a tan head. Flavour is malt with a strong bitter aftertaste but neither sweet nor particularly roasty. Not in the premiership but pleasant enough. The last few beers I have had from Vale seem to have done away with the rather off-putting harshness which I found quite unpleasant, so back on my ’try’ list. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 On cask at Cross Keys, Thame. Pours black brown with tan head. Full bodied smooth beer, roast prominence. Excellent mild.
2/4/15 - cask at Bulls Head, Burslem. As good as I remember it. VastActiv (7592) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 24032012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and roasted malts.