johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small head. Bold malty flavours dominate. Straightforward and not very complex. Powerful yet so easy to drink.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on Draft at Cap Ale Innsbrook for the Flying Dog Tap takeover. Hazy amber pour with fair offwhite head. Strawberries and apricots on the nose make for an amazingly interesting bouquet that is the first time that strawberries come off as authentic. The flavor is very sweet and has a bit more strawberry that starts to push the medicinal, but i think that has something to do primarily with the intense booziness. I think this is going to be amazing in 2 years and I can’t wait to revisit!
Leighton (8751) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Flags of Many Nations Easter Tasting - London. Thanks to Jan for bringing this one. Pours cloudy red-brown with a fine, white cream head. Semi-dark malt nose with rich bread, yeast, candi sugar and some ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor, lightly alcoholic, with moderate ripe and dry fruits, yeasty bread. Full bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming finish with mildly toasted bread, yeast, some dough, toasty sugars and berries. Good stuff.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a large bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a rusted copper-brown color with a good-sized, foamy off-white head that had good retention, lacing and cling. Its aroma featured fruits, particularly cherry and some light raisin, with a nice caramel mix, along with some earthy and grainy hops. It had a sweet cherry and fruity flavor, with a lighter mix of caramel, and a somewhat bitter and sour grainy finish. The beer had a fairly wet body with a slight creamy, watery mouthfeel, and average fizz and life.
zacgillbanks (1493) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A hazy dark brown ale with spicy, zesty red fruit and chocolate flavours and vanilla on the finish.
Ed5388 (1262) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a deep tan, bubbly head. Aroma is yeasty, tart and some faint dark fruit.
Taste is dark fruits (prune and raisin), with a heavy dose of Belgian yeast. Also some tartness and brown sugar notes.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours clear orange with a thin white head. Light yeasty, light fruity notes, a hint of toasted bread, and light toffee notes. Solid.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of brown sugar, stone fruits, chestnuts, faint herbal notes. The taste is bronze sugar, toffee, cherries, stone fruits, booze, lightly tart finish. Medium bodied.
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From AC Beer Fest. The aroma ia sweet, caramel, fruit, pepper. The appearance is red, off-white head. The flavor is like the aroma, sweet fruity, yeasty, peppery. The finish is sweet, light piney hops. Very good.
Theydon_Bois (5485) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting, 31/03/13 thanks to Jan for this one.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a thin beige head that clears to a film.
Nose carries yeast, touch of booze, toffee, dark fruit, dates.
Taste comprises brown sugars, toffee, yeast, booze, dark fruit.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet in the finale.
Ok stuff - the alcohol is pretty well integrated.