scottw86 (1055) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a very dark brown color with a slight red tint. Almost no head. Aroma has lots of dark fruits. Figs, plums, raisins, and grapes. Taste is a little strange. There is a slightly acidic feel to the body. A bit dry with lots of grape flavors towards the finish. Slightly sour in the middle with more fruity flavors. Finish has some syrup and brown sugar. Overall pretty interesting.
BlackHaddock (3161) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown flip-top bottle, best before June 2011, drank and reviewed 7 Jan 2011.
Poured into a Duvel glass.
The body was a murky red/brown colour, more red than brown. The tan/cream coloured head was impressive for 20 seconds, it then began to fade away to leave a collar and some wisps within a minute, what a pity, my only fault.
Molasses and toffee apples were the smells I got, along with a mini-sourness, like cooking apples boiled without sugar.
The toffee and malty molasses dominate the taste, semi-sweet with a morsel citrus/hop bitterness in the background.
The bite was good, well carbonated without being at all gaseous or fizzy. The best beer of this type Iíve had so far. That includes Andechser Dunkel.
Impressed from start to finish (apart from the head fade).
POLK (1944) - HÝrning, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red brown color with average size white head. Caramel aroma. Caramel flavor with alcohol finish.
jkwood04 (3244) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours ruby/brown with a thin, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel and light grainy malts with a little toffee and some floral hops. Flavor the same. Smoother texture than most of this style. A decent beer.
drjay44 (2444) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl. swing top bottle. Pours a light beige head, with some lacing, over a hazy, particle laden, light brown (SRM 20) body....nose is cereal, light raisin, light molasses, yeast....taste is cereal with light raisin, fig, touch of molasses, finishing with hints of sweetness in the final light bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. This meets the style, but is not very interesting. I wonder, given the heavy presence of particles if this wasnít mishandled at some point. BJCP 6/2/11/4/6
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz bottle-shared by fbm115-pours a light tan head with hazy brown color. Aroma is caramel-medium malt, dark fruit. Taste is caramel-medium malt, dark fruit, some earthy hops.
jtclockwork (6911) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Steve. Pours dirty brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of powdery malt, wort, rubber tires and fruit. Somethingís off. Medium body.
rubbishystuff (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I will have to re-rate again after I get another bottle. I think I got an old bottle like some of the other raters did. Dark cloudy brownish-red. Malty with some dried cherry flavor. Very flat. A lot of sediment. Tried enough to get the flavor but didnít finish as it seemed off. I could tell that it probably would have been quite nice if fresh. Serving: Bottle (Flip top)
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml swing-top bottle from Beers of Europe. Oh, yummy. Big malty sweetness. Nice body - light enough to be refreshing and easy to drink, yet thick enough to be chewy and satisfying. Nice hop nip in the finish, lingering pleasantly. Good range of malt and hops flavours - toffee and banana notes alongside, earthy, herby flavours. Some spice and light citric fruit. Mmmmm, what a beauty. Enjoyed this one very much!
beerfest5 (1019) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Maybe a bad bottle, and the swing tops donít hold out oxygen very well like corks or bottle caps do, so that might be why this was so disappointing. Brown color, not too appealing or unappetizing, just brown, very little carbonation which was probably a result of the oxygen. The taste was sickly sweet, like molasses, like it coated my tongue, I needed a glass of water to wash it down. Only tried it because itís one of michael jacksons 500 classic beers.