hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned at GBBF 2005. Very little head. Amber brown colour. Aroma was of malt, leather, chocolate and coffee. Doughy, bready sourness in the taste. Very dry finish. Makes a refreshing change after all those golden ales.
Nuffield (3761) - 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!
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep chestnut colour, good creamy white head and low condition. Good aromas of hops, roast barley and chocolate. Quite sweet flavours with the chocolate dominating at the start but the roast barley returns and lingers in the dry finish, along with a warming alcoholic kick.
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours brown with little pieces of yeast floating in it. Off-white diminishing head. Sour with aromas of malt and dirt. Lots of hops... in a bad way. A barley wine that went bad.
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...
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Eastbourne Beer Festival, 9th Oct 2008. Deep brown with a foam line of head. Dark resinous fruit aroma. Rich malty taste with an "oldness" about it. Chocolate flavours manifest after the initial sip. Lovely bittersweet finish. Good stuff, despite the name.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, 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.
JonMoore (1968) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Dark chestnut coloured with a slim cream head. Nice malty, nutty and fruity aroma with some light chocolate notes. Flavours are roast malts, chocolate, nuts and some coffee with a nice bitter and dry finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation. A nice well balanced ale.
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.
sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask - Planet Thanet Beer Festival ’09. A browny amber in colour with a thin layer of tan foam. Sweet aromas of honey and fruit with some smoked malts. Full flavours, smokey and malty with a dry malty bitter finish. Commendable palate texture, though the finish is perhaps a bit short.