harrisoni (19194) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2006
500ml bottle from Cask & Glass, Tonbridge. Very deep ruby colour with beige head. Slightly sour aroma with smooth dark choc. Slight vinous texture too heightened by the blackberry fruit. Have to admit, it’s very good. Choc intensity is good. Some charcoal towards the end. Nice sourness. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 27th Nov 09. Deeo dark brown with a slim tan head. Chocolate malt on the nose, smoky and nutty taste. Smooth light finish.
chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Original rate (5/4/7//3/12) below:
Bottle. Dark mahogany colouration with a persistent beige head. Somewhat off aroma. Flavour of caramel and chocolate malt, quite sweet but not overly so. Smooth palate. Decent but not amazing. I think I’ve been spoiled by having some truly excellent strong dark milds and old ales in recent months.
Now this actually comes on like a genuine old ale. Very dark black. The woody aroma with hints of lactic sourness immediately strike you and there is some bitter chocolate in there too. Palate is much the same, with some sour notes on the finish. Excellent, chewy, complex stuff. Cask (gravity), London Drinker beer festival.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
BCA (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE May 06). I’ve been experimenting with leaving bottle conditioned beers to condition after opening for an hour or more. This was left for two hours before sampling which I think added a real smoothness, not quite cask ale but nice. Dark with reddish glint. Earthy woody malts with pleasing hoppy bits which quickly fade. Quite dry with interesting acidity to the finish and some roasted complexities. Light bodied but full. Relaxed but very tasty and I would love to try this on cask. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2008
BF. Lovely smoke, woody, roasty old ale. Nice touch of winey acidity in the finish, nice dry finish, really enoyed it a lot.
A Mes rate: gravicask at Twickenham beer festival.planky84 (3388) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Mahogany red with a good beige head and in decent condition. Strange but pleasant aroma. Full of Devonshire clotted cream and marzipan with a rich malt base and plenty of tobacco. A similar flavour but with a strong smoky character. Lots of charred wood, boardering on ashy but not quite. Wow, this is almost rauchbier smokiness, especially in the finish. Pleasing dried fruit and pipe tobacco finish. Lots of character. A very good old ale though not exactly what I would call true to style.
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark reddish-brown pour with an off white head. Aromas of pear, red apples, toffee. Vanilla, dried fruit, pear and damson flavours. Sweet, malty finish. Not bad at all. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
[email protected]HenrikSoegaard (14480) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Very deep ambery brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is fruits, mild roasted malts as well as some slight chocolate and coffee notes as well. Flavour is rather sweet malty with some chocolate, coffee and mild resiny and ripe fruity notes as well. Also a bunch of wood in the finish.
Cask. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy spicey aroma. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Dark spicey fruits. Long moderate biter finish. Creamy palate. saxo (19357) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellet duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, nuts and hops.