TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
-mperial pint on draft shared with Daknole and his brother in law. Pours a rich dark brown with tannish head that clings to the edges. Aromas throw off light caramel and biscuit sweetness with just a faint touch of florals. Taste is light on body, packing some caramel and biscuit with light bitterness. Touch of chocolate, very light carbonation. Finish with a touch of sweetness. A little underwhelming, but nice. wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2009
Cask, Crescent, Salford. Red tinged dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of furniture polish, burnt wood and malt. Sweetish flavour had dark fruit, nuts and caramel malt. Pretty tasty stuff. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Cask at Bricklayers Arms Yorskhire Festival, 27th February 2009. Dark ruby brown with a foamy head. Rich chocolate and fruit flavour. Nice and tasty. Almost perfumy at the finish and drys the tongue well. A good quality dark beer. Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2009
cask Bricklayers beer fest putney.Dark ale with fat maltines tang.The caramel thing you always gets in ESB.sOME PLUM ?I reckon. fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
2008-11-11, Cask Conditioned at J. D. Wetherspoon - The Knights Templar, London, 6-4-6-3-12=31
wheresthepath (2333) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2008
Dark brown color, almost black, with red shades; thin frothy head. Very light caramel and chocolate aroma. There is some caramel and chocolate flavor, malt, residual sweetness and a refreshing touch, without the aggressivity of the last time I tried it; correct bitterness. It won the Brewing Industries International Award Gold Medal, but I’m not impressed, pleasant anyway.
2008-10-20, Cask Conditioned at Doric Arch, London, 5-3-6-2-11= 27
Very dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt, ashes. Medium body, with clearly a roasted malt flavor, getting stronger (and more bitter) at the end; dry mouthfeel of aggressive coffee. A fair beer, but I don’t fancy so much this bitter coffee flavor.
[Cask at Back of Beyond, Reading] Deep reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head. Smells and tastes like a stout with lots of toasty malt flavours evident. Initially very enjoyable, but by the end the bitterness had grown to a level where it was detracting from my enjoyment of the beer. Not a bad effort all the same. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. Ruby brown with an off-white head. Full flavour of roasted malts and toffee. Good earthy hoppy finish. Very good. downender (8659) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms JDW, Bristol. Mahogany coloured with a decent beige head. Big fruit, roasted malt and toffee aroma. Flavour was sweet, with plenty of caramel, dried fruit, chocolate and earthy hops, before a long bitter finish. Very good. yespr (45431) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
From cask at Standing Order. Pours dark brown to black with a creamy off-white head. Light metallic and roasted malt aroma. Flavour is hardroasted and towards slight acidic with a distinct yet light acidic to metallic note. Smooth malty finish. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Deep brown-ruby tinted beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet and malty with a prominent dried date/date honey character along with some molasses and dried fruitiness on the back end. Dried plums. Warming really intensifies the sweet character and brings out a touch of licorice as well. Quite sweet but it works very well.