Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A dark red brown beer with a medium beige head. The aroma is of chocolate and carame. The taste is sweet light roasted, chocolate, caramel and raisins, light hoped. Medium body with a light sweet finish.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
STBF07. This was labeled as Kilnmount Willie however it was defo 5.5% and tasted like an old ale. Vinous wood, hints of age and spice. Taste is blackberry tart, paistry, fruity and current tartness.
SilkTork (5370) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pasteurised bottle from Tesco. A caramel sweet dark beer with roasted notes, but little bitterness. Quite pleasant in that quite pleasant sweet old ale manner reminiscent of Old Peculier. Indeed, it is very much like the bottled Old Peculier. Lacking in character, if not in fizzy cola type flavour, this is nevertheless a drinkable beer.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep reddish colour with a thin beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with vinous notes. Malty, light chocolate sweet flavor with notes of dark fruit. Dry and fruity sweet finish.
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Great roasted aroma. Bread, burnt caramel. Sweetish flavours, burnt malts. Body could be more substantial for all the flavours. Quite nice if somewhat on the sweet side.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.5 l bottle. Dark ruby color with creamy beige head. Sweetish, caramelly, berryish, fruity, perfumed and nutty aroma. Sweet, berryish, nutty fruity and sugary flavor with licorice and dark sugar. Dryer and toastier finish. The taste is initially sugary followed by a dryer and toastier finish. Leaves an akward taste.
berkshirejohn (5014) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley. Reddish chestnut body with a short-lived beige head; toffe aromas; and a toffee flavour with malts and nuts present; a warming aftertaste; smooth and well-balanced.
Finn (4681) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0,5l bought at Tesco Kensington Feb 08. Dark brown - almost black colored. A large creamy head when poured from a distance. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt & coffee. Well rounded roasted impression. Sweet bitter finish.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Very dark ruby brown with a medium, firm and tanned, mostly fading head. Toffee-caramely aroma with some strawberries and dark fruit. Flavor of caramely, lightly roasted maltiness, dark fruit, low bitterness, hints of blackberry, slightly metallic finish. Medium-bodied, slicky palate, medium carbonation. Clearly some effort has been put into this, but the result is still quite dull and boring. I wonder why there are pictures of hops in the label, as I couldn’t find any inside...
BlackHaddock (4671) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml Bottle, best before the end of Dec 2011, poured into a vase shaped ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged pint glass on 29 Nov 2011.
Dark cola coloured body, or a ruby red looking beer if you’d prefer. The head a thin covering of tight bubbles, off-white in colour.
Chocolate malty aroma, no hops in the nose that I could find, some pine nut hints though.
Strange taste combination, chocolate malts like the smell, with a fizzy pop (coke) flavour in the mix, I’m struggling to describe this too well: but it’s a blend of two brews which to me don’t go together as well as the brewery might have wanted it too.
As mentioned above, not sure what the brewer wanted from this beer: interesting, different and drinkable, but just lacking something I can’t put my finger on.