flying_pig (941) - SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (330ml, bottle conditioned version):
Strong malt aroma to begin that is paired with a sweet and rather fruity aroma that has hints of darker fruits and a noticeable caramel smell that is quite pleasant. There is a little bit of apple, some spice and a touch of sugar.
A deep chestnut to copper colour with a small, foamy head that is slightly off-white in colour and settles to a thin lacing after a few minutes.
Very rich and sweet with a good mix of caramel, toffee and dark fruit to begin with, coupled with some sweet sugar and a rich, malty base. There is some dates and apple along with a hint of vanilla too.
Very smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation as well. There is some definite spice and a very slightly dry ending.
An excellent beer with tonnes going on and a beer that strikes a great balance between the rich malty flavours and the sweet, dark fruit like ones. The caramel that both the aroma and taste start with are a lot stronger than I would have expected but this is a beer that I will be seeking out again in the near future.
johndoughty (3974) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark bronze appearance with a small head. Excellent malty flavour and a full flavour. Cannot believe that I am giving this score to a beer from the Marstons empire. Very rarely I say this about a beer they produce but it is certainly worth checking out.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, from Morrisons’, Leeds. Pours a dark red-brown, small creamy head. Aroma is of caramels, malt, with a grassy hop note. Taste is beautifully rich, with plum, caramel malt, some spicy hops and a bit of ESB character too. Really lovely - doesn’t taste exactly refined, but that chaos makes it really enjoyable. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel. Great beer, and at just £1.25 a bottle from the supermarket, great value for the quality. Lovely and winning.
worldbeertaste (1635) - AUSTRIA - AUG 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep amber reddish brown with a thick creamy lasting lacy beige head. Herbal vanilla smell with malt, light roast and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full oily body. Very smooth. Flat. Sweet taste of fruit (berries and raisins) biscuit malt toffee with a bitter peppery warming belly herbal dry finish. It has some elements of a spirit, like rum in its alcohol. It doesn’t have the roast that it predecessor did nor the citrus.It lost the Christmas cake appeal and now moved to a more fruit cake. It feels similar but yet clearly different. Now its a beer likely to be drank more often rather than a special treat that it used to be. Its a shame that both are not available. Nonetheless, this is a great beer too but not as excellent as it used to be.
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has Damian Marley’s mum written all over it, although they can’t spell. Unlike his father’s penchant for a ’one drop’ this is a triple drop. I have no dea whatsoever if that makes it better or not. The rum is appropriate and pleasing. Molasses too. I had neither blue cheese or fruit and nut so can’t put these to the test. Yes, I like this. Bargain at £1.69 as well.
swapp (180) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 cl bottle. this one have a very rich taste. tastes a bit bittnes a bit coffe some hidden fruits inside. not to waterry and doest feel alcohol. and good aftertaste witch stais for long time
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown, no head. Sweet, candyflossy nose, bit banana. Dry then sweet, red-fruity kind of flavour, bit of a solventy edge (which I like, but I can imagine it dividing opinion). Very nice, amazing value.
jamesie1857 (1389) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy banana and vanilla aroma, syrupy palate with bitter and long lasting aftertaste. Nice clear deep golden appearance with thin lasting beige head.
MichaelAwesome (4053) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. What a nice surprise. Pours in hazel with small head. Aroma of malt, alcohol and surprisingly apple. Taste s fine. A bit of alc, some malt and apple. Very nice one.
maeib (8711) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A chestnut brown coloured beer with a slight off-white head. A cakey sweet and alcoholic beer. Great fruits; super malt/hop balance, and a nice kick of alcohol. It’s not diminshed for being of a lower ABV. Nicely warming.