Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - SEP 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of dark chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, some sweetness, dark chocolate and fruits.
mikkopen (1058) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown colour, medium-sized light brown head. Aroma is rather sweet, with roasted malts and dark fruits. Sweet roasted malts and some fruitiness in the flavour. OK, but there’s room for improvement.
ralphdot (1041) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
5.5% black with a thin head, fruity roast malt aroma, sweet porter like taste, quite nice
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool 500ml bottle, pours dark ruby with a tan head. Aroma of Caramac, (do they still make Caramac?) Well balanced christmas cake fruit flavour, with a hint of licquorice. Full bodied and chewy, I am reminded of Jennings Sneck Lifter with a bit more alcoholic depth. A lovely ale for a winter night.
dj (574) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 500ml. A dark black colour with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with cherry and floral hops. Taste is roasted malt with cocoa, a little floral hop and some hint of coriander. A burnt, citric, herbal finish. Nice, but not outstanding.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Pretty good for a Jock ale (sweaties usually brew up a load of auld shit!) Dark brown, come black colour, described as a porter on the bottle (along with some old twaddle about some Scotch knights that’s probably all made up), but tasted more stouty to me. A touch malty and sweet, but quite a bit of bitter dryness with some carbonation, all of which I hence approve. Overall, pretty good and a pleasant surprise.
jvhemert (379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
AROMA: hay, citrus, leather,
APPEARANCE: brown, clear, poors with a frothy head, which dissappears in seconds
TASTE: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour
PALATE: full body, sticky, lively, long finish, bitter
Not a bad beer, but just not to my taste. Strange combination of chocolate sweetness with bitterness.
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish black with big beige head; aroma of roasted malt, hints of chocolate and coffee with strong sweet baked notes and touch of berries; medium body, quite a low carbonation; flavor is slightly roasted with touch of caramel sweetness and sourness of berries, mild bitterness in the finish.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inky black colour, a slightly off white head, lots of blackcurrant and some caramel with some roast malts in the background, quite tangy and very smooth.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle BBE 02/2008; Thanks Paavo!) Roasted malty, chocolate and slightly licorice aroma. Dark brown red colour and average size, brownish, very slightly lasting head with fair/good lacing. Chocolate, roasted malty, slightly bitter and licorice flavour. Softly carbonated, dry and medium-bodied palate. Smooth and well balanced ale! 05/04/07