tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown ale with a fruity, malt aroma. This pour had a smallish tan head, yet created some nice lacing. Very smooth mouthfeel, with clear hops and good malt flavor, with some licorice. Finish is a balance of malt and hop.
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle. Malty aroma of molasses with a hint of coffee. Pours a clear dark brwn with a frothy off-white head. Flavour is very nice and malty, the mildly sweet molasses and coffee coming out again. Finish is a moderate bitterness. A very enjoyable winter beer.
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark in color with a creamy head, slightly red hue. Aroma and flavours of roasted malts, burnt sugar. Slightly fruity. After an initial hint of sweetness, quite a dry hoppy finish.
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beatiful deep copper/ruby colored beer. Very complex flavors and not too roasty, despite the color.
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bittery ale with chocolate and caramel hints. Good hop and malt flavour. From a bottle at Woodman’s.
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 50cl. Poured dark amber red, with a thick and lasting off-white head. Malty, bitter coffee aroma. Prominient hops and malt with a floral taste of caramel and roast nuts. You are left with a strong bitter aftertaste, a little astringent. Thick, oily and chewy palate. Quality winter ale.
mountainforest (130) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
shallow head. bitter and spicy on the initial taste, but hops do not linger long. sweet malty-caramel flavour. some depth. for colour - approaches dark. probably won’t make you overturn (velte) on your back (rygg) as the Old Norse name implies.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, with hints of red, tan head that lingers and excellent lacing. Aroma of malt, and dark fruit. Taste is predominantly dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Good drinkability.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Hmm, now lets an old sailor see. Well the aroma got me mouth a waterin, but ahoy me maties, I done lost that fruit and all kind a rosewoodish shit in that doggone well bitternessish of that there flamin broth liquor. Gots a ungood after-y-taste-y-ness too me own cobblers. Buts alls thats fair in piratin and women is alls thats fair in this here stew. Me loves a good Yorkshire-lass truly, and this be her brew.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me, this is a brown ale. Dark brown pour, tan head. A bit of hops and fruit in the nose, with just a hint of something roasty. Taste is a bit of hops up front, then a little bit of dark fruit (but not too dark), and then lots of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee. Fairly heavy body without actually being thick, harsh, or intense.