ReV2 (143) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I first tasted this beer in 1995, or was it 1845? Can’t remember but it was long ago. I didn’t care much for the aftertaste at the time, coarse hops and very bitter.
Jump on several years and the local supermarket has an offer on too good to miss. Bottle conditioned, 6.3%, Fuller’s - ticks all he right boxes so I thought I’d give it another try.
Well, what a beer, glorious! Real ale in a bottle. Massive fruit & malt, perfectly balanced, some citrus, yeast & burnt toffee. There’s something about the aftertaste I’m not liking still but this dissipates slightly the older it gets. Nevertheless, this is an amazing brew by today’s standards and one I can’t imagine being without for so long ever again.
Alengrin (939) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong ale celebrating the 150th birthday of the brewery in 1995. Refermented in the bottle. Creamy, beige, irregular foam leaving pretty lacing, bright copper colour; assertive aroma of raspberry, strawberry, sweet cherries, caramel, flowers. Complex fruity and malty taste, mouth-filling bitterness of toasted malts, refined, nutty, long and very dry, very satisfying finish. One of their best.
badazito (42) - - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma frutado e adocicado. Coloração marrom avermelhada com excelente carbonatação e boa formação de espuma (boa retenção da mesma). Sabor levemente adocicado e com boa torrefação. Retrogosto amargo e com lembranças de café. Ótima opção de cerveja.
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful malt aroma. Cloudy ruby red colour with excellent head. Toffee malt flavour up front with bitter hop finish. Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation.
rumproasts (2846) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Amber with two finger head. Caramel malt base, a bit sweet with some hop bitterness in the finish. It’s an easy drinker, but not overly flavorful or unique. Not bad at all, but certainly not what I expected for such a highly rated beer.
markextrae (920) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at a bar. poured a deep red to brown colour with a off head. malts, red forrest fruits, coffee, raisins, nuts, citrus, chocolate, ok beer.
Percy0103 (157) - MEXICO - AUG 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 500ml. A chestnut beer with a medium size creamy head and some lacing. It has a roasted aroma of dry fruits, spices, caramel and alcohol. Taste is bitter, slightly stronger at the end. This beer is somewhat dense, yet I find it drinkable and warming. It has a strong aftertaste with a malt character.
Sdaniel90 (355) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 500ml. Clear reddish copper with a creamy beige head with foamy lacing. Spicy, roasted aroma, with hints of dry fruits and toffee. Rich and smooth, with flat carbonation. Deep spicy character and pleasant dark maltiness, with a heavy alcohol and bitter finish. Very drinkable, but definitely on the strong side.
martin00sr (562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark copper, stable offwhite head. Aroma has malt, toffee, dried fruit and alc. Flavour is similar with boozy/vinous notes. Quite complex and well balanced. Finish is spicy and boozy, a little rough perhaps.
gtd (2) - - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my very favourite English ales out of a bottle. Complex, strong, and balanced. Would live to try from cask.
BrewTom (244) - - JUL 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich, malty, fruit cake of a beer with complex dark flavours that explore the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel. One for after Christmas dinner.
Rated by BrewTom