Rune (11341) - Tromsř, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at JDWs Briar Rose, shared with Finn. Deep rosewood coloured body, low fawn-coloured head. Wood and caramel on the nose. Hints of chocolate and caramel malts to the taste buds backed by dried fruits. Roasted finish. Medium bodied. Pleasing to a certain degree (Birmingham 21.09.2016).
SamVimes21 (282) - - SEP 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at punch bowl, York deep bronze with cream head with a malty caramel taste, and a malty caramel aftertaste which leaves a nice smooth taste in the mouth
Don2711 (389) - - SEP 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 Nice one. Good strengths. Amber appearance and malty. Caramel hints in flavour. Mild on palate but grows on you. A good strong English ale
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at wetherspoons.
Thick creamy off white head. Very hazy amber pour. A decent brew.
amhart88 (107) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2016
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber ale. Not much aroma. Fairly rich taste typical of strong ales - raisins, hints of brandy. Quite sweet. Very easy drinking.
The_Osprey (6574) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Daleside Monkey Wrench’, 5.3%. I misread the label and ordered a ’honkey wench’. Time to book an optician appointment. Dark brown, opaque with a red hue, foamy tan head. Aroma is airy, some flat cola, dates, touch papery. Body is smooth, almost oily, with lowish carbonation. Taste is a touch thin, cardboard, raisin, some more watery cola, papery, carpet. Wishy washy finish. The flavour builds over time and it’s an ok beer overall. Grew on me. Wouldn’t come back to it though.
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - MAY 22, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at White Swan, Ilsington, London. Pours amber with medium white head. Malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruit, some hops. Medium bodied. Decent.
redders1974 (1004) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent English strong ale frothy khaki head sweet malts raised plum fig taste sweet finish veRyan drinkable
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Clear, ruby brown colour with a bubbly white head. Malty, slightly metallic aroma. Sweet, malty, fruity flavour. Nice
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
030116. This English dark ale is a drop worth hunting down as it is loaded with flavour and carries a long strong finish. I picked up this 500ml bottle at Cool Wine in Hobart a few months back and I am glad that I did.
More malty than hoppy or bitter the beer pours a translucent copper colour with a thick head that settles and thins out after a while. There is caramel and some toffee aromas in the nose, with some vanilla hiding in the background.
The flavour very much mirrors the aroma , with some spiced fruit thrown into the mix, and the beer while initially thin in the mouths builds to a creamy mouthfeel. At 5.3% ABV it is certainly very drinkable.