Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good!
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a brown bottle - Pours dark brown with almost no head or carbonation. Smells of sweet caramelized malts with lust a tad of light hops. First sip is very sweet with caramel notes and very little hops. Finishes with a welcome bitterness. Well under carbonated. Not much happening here. Worth skipping this one!
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice chestnut red-brown, poured a massive foamy tan head which faded slowly to a skim and 2 fingers of lace. Aromas of butterscotch, apple, banana, brown sugar, raisins, citrus and coffee. Taste was fruity and sweet, with notes of butterscotch, treacle, raisins and dark roast malt. Big Golding hop bitterness -- lingers blythely on the tongue and quietly departs. Good mouthfeel -- starts heavy but leaves no pasty feel behind. Nice moderate carbonation and modestly high ABV gave good "have another" drinkability. I enjoyed this good strong example of an EBA.
grimreaperguru (258) - santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a real dark brown with an off white head.The aroma is of coffee,roasted malts, and strong fruit notes.The flavor is a nice mild coffee with bitter hops.The finish is dry and the aftertaste is a little bitter.Overall a good brew from the UK.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby/brown with dissipating head. Fruity aroma with some metal. Creamy taste of toffee, butter and malt with a touch of fruity sourness. Dry finish of raisins, almost like a drier trappist.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The colour is deep copper. The foam is yellowish, firm but quite small.
The smell is fresh with a burned touch of malt (Goldings?)
The carbon dioxide is balanced and medium strong.
This beer got a full-bodied burned flavour with a bitterness that disappears quickly. The aftertaste is a little bit sourish and bitter with a burned taste that somewhat resembles of a dry stout.
A nice session ale if you want something dryer and more robust than a pale ale, but not as dark and dry as a stout. It is OK, but not one of my favourites.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a clear dark brown. The aroma is lemony - perhaps a bit metallic. Flavour is a balanced maltiness and of a decent strength. It’s all decent stuff, I suppose, but I’m finding it a bit boring really. I suppose it’s just not my style.
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Smell of hops, yeast, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, with a bitter back end. Very short on the tongue with a medium body. Delicious Ale that goes well with cheese and bread.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous ale with a beautiful head, very aesthetically pleasing in the glass and darn good on the tongue as well. A nice discovery.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge creamy tan head, dark chocolaty brown with ruby highlights. Flowery hops in initial aroma quickly overtaken by liquorice and dark, well roasted malt. Goes down smooth and rich, dry bitter taste but very drinkable - like a decent stout but less chewy. Very very good.