Kevin (2005) - Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from one of the best class acts on the site. thanks Mark. dark cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head. smokey nose, chocolate coffee flavor that lingers. very nice. bitter is smooth and sour wood that mixes well.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, bread, and mustiness. Flavor of sweet malt and smokiness.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured reddish amber with thin tan head...great lacing...toasty malt aroma...started malty and doughy...finished with a nice sour bitterness...really interesting...
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose like fresh cut wood. Very earthy. Notes of light roasted coffee, smoke, and light bitterness. Very nice mild flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Very complex. I really am at a loss of words for this one. All I can really say is that I liked it very much. Thanks maelb.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty with some coffee notes in the aroma. Hazy brown, with a red to yellow spectrum in the light. A bitter twitch builds while various smoky, tangy, and slightly woody notes build. An interesting beer. What a treat to have a proper and uncommon English beer after a long gap without one. Thanks Kevin for sharing!
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried in bottle form as ’The official Offie ale’ from Murees off licence in Leicester.When poured it had a massive head which you had to fight through to reach the beer.When you did all you got was dissapointement.Bitter with that acid like edge that cask ales have when they are poorly bottled.
leaparsons (7483) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Toffee coloured with an off-white head. Aromas are smooth chocolate and peppery hops. Flavours are, again, smooth chocolate with a dry bitter finish. Some plain chocolate, too. Moreish and as chocolately as Youngs Double Choc Stout.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Cask conditioned. Ruby coloured with a cream-coloured head. Aroma and flavours of coffee and chocolate yet hoppy at the same time. Very drinkable and moreish even at this strength. One of England’s finest winter ales.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 2.4 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3
RichardGretton (4107) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is a combination of a stout and porter with a coffee and bitter aroma. A very bitter and very dry flavour. Overall a very nice dry beer.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle conditioned] The aroma is sweet, malty with smoked notes. The color is brown and it has a fine but disappearing head. The flavor is strong, sweet with strong notes of roasted bread, roasted malt, and a little smoked malt. A great beer - great palate for 5.6% ABV.