Riggwelter (2) - KNIVSTA, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer which initially can seem a bit odd...with a burnt, sometimes coarse taste. However, together with a good meal, its flavours turn out to be very tasty. A pleasant beer, suitable for meat dishes.
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark garnet with a sticky off-white head. Sweet malt and toffee, treacle, and coffee in the nose. The body is also a little sweet, but this is rounded out nicely by a good bitterness in the finish. It has mouth-filling flavours of toffee, coffee and toasted malt.
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich red color, with a decent head and good lacing. Aroma is very wine-like, sweet malts, dark fruit, and a tad nutty. Flavor is sweet, slightly tart, nutty, grassy, then ends with a porter-ish note. Dry finish. Pretty good stuff.
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Treacle-coloured ale that poured with a good, lingering 2cm head. Fantastic nose: treacle, toasted malt, dark chocolate, Victory Vs! Full-bodied and creamy with a deep, tarry bitterness. Some chewy toffee-like notes. Almost stout-like but skinnier. Characteristic Irish stout style bitterness in the finish. And it gets better with each glass! (bottle)
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 From a Bottle 500ml.Black and blood in colour,good head,lot’s of malt,some coffee,christmas fruits,quite sweet.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. dark dark rugby colored, white head laced very well. Semi sweet roasted malt with a nice hop balance. A really nice example of an English style ale.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is how a strong ale should be, BOLD! It’s full of rich flavours like a homemade fruitcake. Could do with a bit more alcohol and body but the flavour intensity is great, a smoky malty flavour balanced by a bitter finish. I think it’s just a tad thin for the strength of flavour. Should be bottle conditioned.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A quick whiff of alcohol in the aroma disappears quickly with nary a trace leaving behind a malty, chocolate, nutty aroma with some fruity, grape-like notes. Clear burnished copper coloured with generous and lasting off-white head that laces beautifully. Salty, smokey, deep and malty with some chocolate, nutty and licorice notes and a fair roasty bitterness. Creamy and thick in the mouth with engaging carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Bottle. Thanks, JoeMcPhee.
pi2za (18) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Dark beer - nice head with a nice foamy white colour. Sweet and malty