holdan (260) - USA - DEC 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper, amber with little head. Aroma candy malt, dark fruits. Sweet candy malt, fruity, some notes of chocolate, cognac. Medium body, text fizzy, alc notable, finish with some alcohol. Impressing good englishman
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice copper/amberish color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is of oak, smoke, cognac, dark fruits, orange and some alcohol. Flavor is quite fruity with tangerine and orange, some caramel maltiness, faint oak and alcohol and a slight amount of cognac. The body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a solid prefromer from Fullers, but not as good as the first brewers reserve.
pilsnerrogge (2618) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear amber colour with a mid sized head. Aroma is wood and alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of oak, caramel and most of all: alcohol. This one was way too boozy for me.
ClubGonzo (4610) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, clear orange body with a medium white retention. Nose is caramel, vanilla, dark malts, almonds and hints of booze. Taste is even more complex: wood, booze, whiskey, dark malts, molasses. A fusion of almonds and marzipan brings out a Christmas pudding-like flavor, which is not (as opposed to certain other English ales) not disturbing but nicely integrated in the overall flavor profile. A very nice and classic English strong ale, with a good dash of that yuletide spirit! :-)
LoFi (1673) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper with a beige head. Aroma: candy (Zoo tablettask?), sweet malt, fruit. Taste: candy, alcohol, oranges, citrus, fruit, malt, some pepper, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied. Not exceptional, and I see why many think this is a bit too sweet and alcoholic, but I like it. Struggling to find the cognac though.
Nisse666 (4941) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SB thx to ekstedt, cons 2010-11-18, Göteborg
AR: pear cognac, loads of alcohol, candy sweetness
AP: mahogny colored body, wee white head
F: alcolic x 2, oak, orange chocolate crocant, dry finish
gnoff (8377) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt! On November 17, 2010
Bottle No. 15220, BB end 2013
Fruity, berry, candy/sweets, light phenolic, evident alcohol scent. Clear oxidized copper color, orange head. Sweet, wood, chocolate, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Sweet and chocolate aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Nice chocolate notes, but way too evident alcohol.
ekstedt (5903) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, medium off-white head. Hayish malt aroma with faint vanilla oak notes, alcohol, herbal. spicy hops. Medium bodied. A bit harsh bitterness.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3287-20100803] Cask sample. Grainy leaf toast aroma has mild tree bark notes and seems boozy. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Grainy sweet toasted malt flavour has a lingering sweet alcohol and tinge of marmalade. Medium body. Average, gets better with more sips.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)
Mad_Ferret (741) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany colour. Off white head. Nose is thick with boozy cognac and sherry aromas just like description says. Sticky and sweet. Taste is cognac, caramel, some fruit and nuts. If there is any chocolate there its very faint. Wait...ok it’s there. It has a nice warming boozy finish. I actually enjoy it, though I have’nt been so swept away by other beers with rum/whiskey/oak etc. in them.