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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Bottle conditioned. 330ml.
Ingredients: Pale malt, Black Crystal malt, Oats, Target hops.
Switched to filtered in 330ml bottles in 2011, then back to bottle conditioned in 2011.
Its high alcohol content along with the molasses and rum flavours create a beautiful contrast with blue cheeses or steak and kidney pie; and complement Dundee cakes or Cadbury’s fruit and nut.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stout4stout (20) - neath, WALES - OCT 30, 2014
Extraordinarily good beer - big on flavour. Rub-Mahogany. Wonderful on the nose, like a fruit basket. Very complex, bursting with flavour; Melon, grapefruit, molasses, light-spices with slightly understated hop flavouring. Drinks like a particularly good IPA. 500ml bottle. And it’s 6.7% to boot! Almost my new favourite beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (998) - SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dommod2011 (702) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swapp (200) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAR 29, 2013
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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4137) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
500ml bottle # 038189: BBD 31 Oct 14, some 9 days ago. Poured slowly into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 9 Nov 14. Huge lightly tanned foaming head on top of a dull chestnut coloured body. This bottle conditioned ale has an aroma that leads with roasted maltiness, some dark fruits follow along with a raisin hint or two, but light roasted malts rule the nose. The taste is also malt first, semi-sweet and again with a fruity and dried fruit feel later in the flavouring. Good body depth which helped to hide the alcohol level nicely. I really enjoyed this brew and am annoyed I allowed the bottle to become ’out of date’ before drinking it: I must have had it on my shelves for over a year and just kept overlooking it and awaiting the right time to open it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1477) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Heavy banana and vanilla aroma, syrupy palate with bitter and long lasting aftertaste. Nice clear deep golden appearance with thin lasting beige head.


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