leaparsons (10554) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Cask, The Salmon, Leicester. Dark brown with a firm cream head. Aromas are coffee and dark chocolate with toffee and raisins. Smoky and woody with burnt toast. Flavours are burnt toast with dark chocolate and grittty coffee. Bitter and dry with base toffee malt. Peppery on the palate with a somewhat rough finish. Decent. Fin (10542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
Cask, gravity at The Honeypot, Oxford, 03.12.11 when stewarding for Mabel Gubbins anniversary longsword/rapper dancing event This is indeed really quite chocolatey and malty, also very smooth, some light creamy chocolate on the nose. Perhaps served just a tad warm, otherwise it is a decent pint. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.4 jmgreenuk (9459) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 17, 2013
Cask at The Anchor, Birmingham. Poured a nice dark brown colour with a reddish hue and a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich fruity and surprisingly alcoholic. The flavour is medium bitter and follows the aroma with some nice smooth liquorice bitterness on the palate. A lovely heart warming beer. Ideal for consumption in front of a lovely open fire in the wintertime. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump A Nation Of Shopkeepers Leeds 05/07/12. This has be renamed Malty Roast having previously been called Malty Chocolate. The recipe appears to have been tweaked slightly but probably not enough for a new entry. It’s dark dark brown with an off-white head and lacing. It’s a dry nutty beer which is woody in the nose. Malty fruity in the mouth. Dark malts are nice dry and roasty without unnecessary sweetness. I’m impressed by XT. Score 3.4downender (8660) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.5
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol September 2014. Dark brown, with a slight, off-white head. Roasted mlats, with a coffee bean edge, some plain chocolate and a dryish finish. Good.
DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Gravity, Hinckley BF, 13/09/13. Low beige head over dark ruby. Nose blackcurrant and lemon dusted with roast. Yeasty Twiglet base, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate; blackberry and apple undercurrents. Some smoke and nut for dessert. Decent. RichTheVillan (7856) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Cask at Milton Keynes Beer Festival; hazy dark brown pour with a bubbly light tan head, aroma has raisins, taste has dark fruits, stewed fruits.
BlackHaddock (7350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
30th June 2015: cask half-pint in The Rocklands Club, Redditch. Smooth beige head to the ruby hued dark brown body: plenty of lacing from the head and the whole brew was smooth and rich. Malts all the way here, chocolaty, yet there is a hop content just below the surface to balance out too much sweetness or maltiness. Good. HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
Handpull at The Blackfriar. Deep clear ruby black with a small but lasting frothy biege head. Fruity - plum, grape, blackberry - and mild weak coffee roast, some alcohol. Taste follows but much, much sourer - like a light fruity semi-sweet trad porter with extra ropey sourness. Light, somewhat acidic, fairly flat, with a dry tart fruit and light coffee finish. Interesting stuff. AshtonMcCobb (6614) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
On tap @ the Haymarket. Pours a chestnut colour with a decent head. The nose has gentle notes of cherries and cola with a hint of chocolate. The taste is of liquorice, then very dry chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, with a creamy texture and a clean finish. Overall, a very good ale..