FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Coppery caramel brown with an average sized foamy white head. Really good retention, especially considering the ABV, that leaves a nice foamy layer of lacing.
S - Some caramel smelling malt serves as a springboard for golden fruit (particularly apple, but some pear too) and some floral and tea like hop aromas. A hint of honey in the background along with a hint of breadiness. Alcohol is just barely present.
T - Similar to the nose. Strong malt presences creates the base for this beer with a lot of caramel and bready flavors coming out. Interplaying with each other are golden fruit (apple, pear, golden raisin) and floral/tea hops. They wax and wane throughout the sip. Also present in the background is some honey, butterscotch, spiced, and nutty (more sweet than earthy) flavors.
M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D - Great drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors are well balanced and none of them overpower the others. Easy on the palate and pretty tasty (dangerously so for the ABV).
Notes: Best before 01/01/11. A solid beer that is a good example of an English Strong Ale. A touch on the sweet side, but it has enough to counterbalance that. Dangerously easy to drink given the ABV. It didnít necessarily blow me away, but it is definitely worth getting a deserve a place near the top as far as English Strong Ales are concerned.
Marstonlad (596) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Pours reddish amber with a very little head. Aroma features most sweetish dark fruitiness with dried fruity notes, especially raisin. Also berries and maltier elements, such as caramel, bread and toffee, are around. Taste is light sweet, initially very fruity, later maltier. The finish is moderately hoppy, dryish and light bitter - very British. The palate is medium to full bodied, mouthfeel slick and smooth. Alcohol is hidden well. Could offer more in terms of hoppy notes, but still a nice, well balanced winter warmer.
Unde (594) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze coloured ale with small head. Caramel malts, some bitter cherry and some toffee sweetness. Caramel, toffee, some ripe fruits and mainly sweet flavors. Some bitterness at the end. Rich texture and enjoyable Strong Ale.
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 5, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy light-brown weak head. Light amber-copper color. Aroma is superb rich of honey, orange peel and cloves notes. Flavour is sweet, malty and velvet, slighly vanilla and balance so well high alcohol content. Finish is moderately bitter.
BoltonDK (572) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at lpk by carsten berthelsen.
Sweet hoppy nose, pine.
Light brown clear color, small white head.
Medium body, sweet, sugar, caramel, dry aftertaste.
cagou007 (570) - FRANCE - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with a thin white head. Nose is caramel and raisin. Aromas are caramel, pine, roasted malts and alcohol. Nice hoppy bitter and sweet finish. Low carbonation, strong body. Well-balanced, powerful and aromatic strong ale.
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rozsoma (568) - Győr, HUNGARY - DEC 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber fizzy colour, small white frothy head. Malty aroma, soft carbonation, sweet flavour, minimal bitterness. Dry but refreshing.
rami_pl (563) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
butelka, warka 12/05/2016. Aromaty i smak bardzo w slodowa strone, z dosc wysoka, niekoniecznie porywajaca i dluga goryczka. zaskakujaco w strone barley wine calosc, i pod tym wzgledem mile, tyle, ze brakuje chmielowych jakichs, ozywczych nut. dosc tresciwe, nieco lepkie w odczuciu. powtarzanie nie kusi
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orangey amber. Modest off white head. Malty and dark fruit aroma sweet malty taste at start some hop bitterness towards the end Full bodied. Deals with high alcohol content well moderate carbonation.
mauritsio (560) - FINLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Some sweet, some malt and hops aroma. Full taste. Little strong as alcohol.
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