tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled this cracking stout/old ale in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark mahogany black in colour with clear ruby tints around the edges, thick creamy off white coloured head. Looked good visually. Strong lingering sweet aroma of dark berry fruits and smokey roasted malts. Delicious thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing which showed supping levels really well. Dark malt complexes give a plethora of flavours (had the last pint drawn from the cask)Black malt and roast malt combination giving an initial taste of burnt toast and grain. Strong winey flavours from the malt base give a rich fruity overtone of boiled brambles, damson jam and then treacle toffee, dark bitter chocolate and fudge all evident. Slight hop prickle in the aftertaste but this is rather fleeting as sweetness dominates through into the finish. Sweet sherry and rich, warming woody port notes come through at the end. Popular beer here, as the regulars finished the barrel off in a day. Tasted more like a traditional old ale than a stout though. Highly recommended. Wadworths take note, there is a market for this type of old ale. Bullit (4825) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2010
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2010
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. Dark brown / dark red colour, beige head. Aroma is roated malts, little fruityness. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, blackcurrants. Well done.
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2010 cask at AGBell ... dark brown red ... creamy tan head ... light fruit roast malt nose ... big blackcurrant front ... little sulpher ... soft roast malts ... ok but not quite there sulphur ruins 2.9.... tk 2 same colour ... roast malts ... dark fruits ... blackcurrant front ... soft roast ... fruit ... no sulpher ... much better but not stunning 3.5 downender (9008) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial rooms, Bristol 26/10/10. Near black with a tight tan head. Light aroma of tart blackcurrants, with some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavour was similar with a short bitter finish. Very easy drinking for 6% ABV and no sign of the Wadworth house character, which is a good thing. leaparsons (10866) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask, William Wygston, Wigston. Near black with a firm beige head. Aromas are rich roast coffee with black currant and earthy, leather notes. Spicy with some underlying melon. Flavours are bittersweet dark chocolate with roast coffee. Fruity and peppery with a dry, bitter finish. Decent.
berkshirejohn (6771) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. I was really looking forward to this one as I’m a fan of the Wadworth brewery and addicted to blackcurrants - but in the end I found this rather disappointing - the chocolate malts almost completely masking the fruit.maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
The colour was deep mahongany with a ring of cream head; the aroma was rich and chocolately; the consistency was rather heavy with a dry chocolate flavour to start, then some sweeter fruit appeared, but these were not obviously blackcurrants; the finish was dry and biscuity.
A good stout, but not what I was hoping for.
Cask Conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black beer with a thick blanket of off-white head and lace. A pretty decent sweetish stout with indeterminate fruit but a warming chocolate note. A thin aroma but certainly quite good in the mouth. harrisoni (19556) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Combined rating from Willow Walk and Samuel Peto pubs. Second sample better than first as no diacetyl. Baked blackcuarrant and sour liquorice flavour. Just bizarre. Can’t tell if it is work of genius or just not quite right in terms of flavours. The sour baked elements I like. Crazyness in a glass. john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2010 - Black in colour. Malty; roasty malts, caramel, chocolate. Fruity; blackcurrant, berries. Hoppy; fruity hops. Roasty malty fruity with a slightly sour fruit/hop edge. Very drinkable. (2010-10)
madmitch76 (26456) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 27th October 2010
Spoons Fest! Clear but very dark brown beer. Big off white head. Touch of bramble and blackcurrant on the nose. Light dry palate. low carbonation. Tart but light blackcurrant over a dry dark malt base. Nice combination but severely let down but some very unwelcome sulphur. Not enough to ruin it completely but just really annoying. Finishes very dry. This would have been a 3.6 without the sulphur, hope I can try a better kept version.
Update - tried twice more in 2 different pubs. Same sulphur - bah!