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Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
Gravity, Leicester 2011. Mahogany with a thin tan head. Bertie Bassett and Black Jack aroma. Sweet with roasted undercurrents; bit of a Belgian, black cherry and marzipan feel, burnt aniseed backdrop, confectionery. Slick and sugared, slightly decadent. Belgian body, English roast. Winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Sussex beer festival, Seven Stars, Bristol 6/1/11. Near black with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and liquorice. Sweet, black treacle flavour with fruit cake and a decent bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7727) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Dark brown, almost black, with ruby notes. Small beige head. Malty, roasted nose with prunes, raisins, chocolate and hints of blueberries. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit (prunes, raisins), chocolate, spicy hops and liquorice. Slightly sweet and vinous. Well balanced and warming. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2004
thanks to duff for bringing a bottle of this to czecholand. pretty dark, nice aroma of sherbet lollies and cocoa powder, nice cocoa bitterness with some strawberry jam, whipped cream and light bitterness. chewy texture, a little cough syrup in the finish was the only slight flaw

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Rather similar to the Cottage Norman’s Conquest (q.v.) that I tried just before this. A dark, rich and complex ale, with obvious roasted malt character, that drinks far easier than the alcohol content (which in this case was 7%) would suggest. An excellent drop, although go easy if you want to avoid falling over. Handpump, Head of Steam, London NW1, December 2003 RE:RATE at the Wenlock Arms, Dec 2004. The alcohol has been upped to 7.8% and the beer definitely seemed to have more oomph. Increased the score a little

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7226) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Small beige head over opaque black body. Light milky burnt licorice aroma. Soft, sweet earthy licorice taste with light burnt aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Fruity, with banana flavours and notes of milky chocolate. Dry aftertaste. Nice! A beer to savour. (0.5pt on cask.)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. Black red colour. Chocolate malt aroma with nice alcohol notes and a little coffee. Sadly after what is a very pleasant nose its all down hill from there. Lots of nice stuff in there it just doesnt sit right and the alcohol is just too much. Palate is almost biting probably mainly due to the harsh alcohol. Each time I buy it I say this about it, now it’s finally rated I’ll proabably leave it alone. Turn it off mum I don’t like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6815) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s a deep reddish brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma’s plenty of cherry, fruit leather, christmas cake, some soft chocolate malt and light wood. The taste is smooth hot cocoa, nutmeg spice, sweet red berry jam. The finish is slightly hot and sweet, the only hint of the chunk(ish) ABV. The body’s medium, smooth, supple. Overall, nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6651) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Fine aroma of roasted malt, some fruit, too. Dry aftertaste with alcohol warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6631) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2011
Cask (Bitter Virtue, Southampton) - Dark brown in colour. Fruity and slightly roasted aroma with vinous fruits, caramel and alcohol detected. Rich and full-bodied taste with fruit cake, caramel, raisins and nuts standing out. The finish is warming and fruity.


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