77 / 100
Tried on cask at CASK Pub & Kitchen in Pimlico, London.
Pours a deep dark-chocolate black that stays fairly clear when held to the light. Body is solid. Head forms a creamy mocha colour, fine and persistent with some pocked bubbles. Lace is very solid. Not much carbonation visible, even when the glass is swirled or tilted. Looks really good though.
Nose has some mild toastiness and a crispness from the roast. Subtle smoothness gives a suggestion of creaminess, although there's not much vanilla or oak character coming through. Liquorice is noticeable as it warms.
Smooth entry on the palate, slightly light with a touch of toast and toffee to it. This develops into a creaminess through the centre, with a subtle bourbon sweetness and a solid, malty richness. Back has some roast coming through with a touch of spice, pepper and booze.
Aftertaste has liquorice and a lingering bitter char, impressed by the smoothness on the palate.
Remarkably drinkable. So smooth on cask, rich and creamy. If it weren't so heavy on booze this would be totally sessionable. Love it.