schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/2 liter bottle. Poured a jewel red brown of polished mahogany with an impressive off-white creamy head and superb lacing. The best looking beer I’ve poured in some time. Aroma is sweet and moderately malty, lightly hopped, light doughy yeast, some honey, and banana bread. Flavor is full of lovely sweet malt with a finely crafted balance of bitter and yeasty notes. Some brown sugar. Finish is medium long and light-to-medium bitter with pronounced caramel flavors. Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This was the perfect picture of an English ale. I had this years ago at the brewery, but forgot about it until I saw it on a trip to California. I really wish I could get my hands on a few more of these. I could easily drink this by the gallon. One of the best!
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I love this beer hoppy nutty and maltly. Hope to find this on tap one day. Rerate on tap at the brewery fucking amazing. Page 61 of MJ’s Great Beer Guide and only 462 Classic Brews to go.
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow Big head. Bubble texture. Creamy Rich smoky flavor. Mouthful is sweet and biter at the same time and it leaves this bubbly feeling when its gone
SanfordBrewer (1502) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lucent brown, thin beige head, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: sweet toffee malt, fruity esters, some minerality, ant a faint hint of leafy hops.
Taste: brown malt, toasted bread, leafy hops (not notably bitter or aromatic -which means nicely balanced i guess), and a subtle hint of peat smoke.
Rich and complex, but balanced. More brown ale than old ale, as there are no descernable alcohol or oxidative notes. Would be much better on cask. It has a very nice smoke character which adds depth and complexity to the roasted malt character.
Jasonr3 (2) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. Nose is espresso, sweet malts, sea water, and chocolate. Palate is light yet soft with a slight effervescence. Taste starts out like a traditional english ale, and then blooms to complexity. Banana in the middle of the bell in the back of the palate, liquorice, chocolate, seaweed. Finishes with a note slight note of espresso bitteness that lingers. Tasty, complex, intriguing, drinkable, unique, a very nice beer worth picking up or adding rum or a nice peated scotch/ sweet bourbon to.
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown amber with a red tint and a creamy lasting, tan head. Smells of deep malt, caramel (brown sugar) with a light roast and chocolate and coffee. Some berries, raisins, and other fruit elements like apple. Smells complex and rich. Medium to full oily body, soft carbonation. Sort of like a Bitter that molds into something more complex. Sweet toasted malt with toffee and caramel but then the fruit becomes more present with raisins, banana and then moves from sweet to a roast, chocolate, coffee and a hop liquorish dry finish that lingers. Easy to drink, delicious and is very moreish. Nice balance too. Mixing with rum?
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Dickens. Intense and balanced. Aromas of caramel, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head.
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again.
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.
ALLOVATE (2898) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mr. Paul Theakston surely pulled it all together for this absolute gem of a beer, and as far as pasteurised bottled Ales go, it was one of the most flavoursome and appetising. Pours a clear, deep cola brown, ruby-red in the lights, with a big dense beige head that lasted the distance and laced well down the glass. Generous and complex malt nose. Coffee, aniseed, dark chocolate, bittering hops and cherries, and a waft of peppered spice made the aroma. Follows well into the mouth, with it’s light carbonation and medium light, creamy mouth feel. Flavours of raspberries, cherries, cinnamon and light spices mingle with hints of cocoa powder, liquorice, grassy hops and fruity esters. Little sweetness in it, and quite malty bitter in the back, it finishes with a long lived, malt and coffee swallow. A lovely drop and a credit to this master brewer. Lovely!!!