mathieuc (1815) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle (brown) at Pub Edward. Pours a clear brown with a rapidly disappearing offwhite head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of caramel, light fruits and earthy hops. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Flavors are of caramel and some red berries. Light husk. Body is light to medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall a fair ESB, not world-class at all.
Cokemonkey11 (119) - - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Bottle, Scotland. Pours dark ruby, caramel with medium head. Scent is clearly Rye, which I am personally a fan of. Taste is fresh, light, slightly citrus. Mouthfeel is clean, inviting. Good.
JaKeAFC (658) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, 5.2%, 2.90€ - EDB - Scotland.
Deep ruby red color, light beige bubbly head, winey nose.
Roasted malt, with sublte caramel and cookies notes, bittering hops. Taste is bitter, simple. Medium body, carbonated, sourish dry finish. Good yet not outstanding ESB.
mahkus (65) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from co op. Thin brown head. Looks like flat coca cola, smells a bit like it too. Malty taste like whisky going down.
mighty_meadow (300) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle from the Co-Op in Brodick, Arran.
Pours clear, dark red with a foamy head which dies down to leave nice lacing and a small off white head,
Tastes of creamy dark fruits and a bit of dark pepper. Strangely then takes a turn to the hoppy side before finishing up creamy sweet.
An absolute delight in a glass.
jamestulloch (1828) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vino Wines. Hazy ruby body with a medium beige head. No visible carbonation. Excellent lacing. Aroma of black currant, bramble jelly and stewed tea. Flavour of salted caramel, earth, treacle and a light, peppery finish. Thin body with an oily texture. Light fizz. A tasty Bitter.
Holmen2 (1547) - NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown / dark ruby. Foamy and persistent beige head. Sweet aroma of cherries, red grapes, caramel, sweet malt and fruit cake. Taste is fruity and sweetly refreshing, like Waldorf salad.
Graham77 (282) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Dark, almost black ale but with a slight reddish hue. This is a terrific dark ale with a lovely dry finish. Smooth on the palate and well balanced in terms of flavour. I will definitely buy this one again.
MarkoNm (1095) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light brown color, completely clear, with some reddish undertone. About two fingers of white head quickly settles to just a miniature brim around the edge.
The aroma is extremely pleasant - chocolatey smell is complemented by some roasted malts and just a little coffee.
The creamy taste has the initial bitter kick, but is followed by moderate bitterness and some roastiness as well.
There is another bitter kick in the finish.
allmyvinyl (5372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle at home. Pours a dark reddish brown, thin, short-lived white head. Aromas of iron and toffee. Taste is sweet. Chocolate at the end. Thin, but ok.