Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark amber with white, thick head. Malt taste, hay. and some alcohol. Maybe some dark fruit. A bit heavy.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored with brown hues. A very small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacings.
Plenty of malts in the nose, sweet chocolate and very light hop aromas. Dried fruits, raisins and quite prominent alcohol, almost solvent-like.
The taste is predominantly sweet. Bold juicy malt character with plenty of caramel notes. Some fruits and raisins. Brown sugar and sweet chocolate. Nutty flavors (almonds), hints of oak. Gentle floral hops and faint spices. The finish is surprisingly short, minimally bitter and is dominated by warming alcohol.
Full bodied, very smooth. Low levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually the highlight of the beer.
A good beer, but nothing spectacular. It’s slightly too focused on sweet flavors. The alcohol isn’t really that overly prominent, but still it doesn’t feel totally integrated with the other flavors. I liked it, but I think there are better strong ales out there.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma doce e alcoólico de lúpulo. No sabor, doce e lupulado, o álcool sobressai um pouco mais do que deveria, desestabilizando levemente o conjunto. Final longo e levemente amargo, alcoólico, doce e tostado.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite malty and nutty with hops tastes and bitterness. Very quaffable for such a strong’un.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: rich sweet malt, fruity, caramel, some vanilla notes, toasted wood, faint nutty notes, faint coffee notes, faint cocca notes, nice orangy cirtic hoppiness which balances the malt, light alcoholic bite, rich and satisfying beer.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours red-amber with a quick light brown head. Nose is quite sweet and dominated by brown sugar and apples. Flavor is a bit more tame and a little on the generic side for English ales, but is quite drinkable. Alcohol does not factor. Decent stuff.
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: mahogany red colour. Medium head, beige colour and persistent.
Aroma: caramels malts. Yeasty with reminiscences of sponge cake; toffee, sugar, “alfajor”, vanilla and wood touches. Sweet-fruitiness of plums and figs. Liquory like cognac and whisky.
Flavor: sweet caramel malts; similar touch at aroma, candy, toffee, butterscotch, truffle and vanilla. Some spicy notes, such as cinnamon and clove. Reminiscences of ripe fruits in syrup like plums, figs and blackberries. Warming and liquory, like whisky. Finish with slight oxidize and mineralized touches. Light hoppy, slight dry from toasty malts.
Palate: medium body and semi-viscous. Light to medium carbonated.
Exquisites liquory, candy and toasty notes. Good balance. Very advisable.
lobs_ols (408) - LATVIA - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Clear crimson, strong white head. Caramel, dried fruit and light roastiness on the nose. Full-bodied, balanced bitterness and delightful sweetnesa. Finishes bittersweet and warming finish. Nice, what!
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 Nice caramel aroma,with a creamy head and orange/red colour.Am I a freak or is there a metalic taste thats almost like blood?I know - a bit wierd!Overall nice malty sweet beer.
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew sports a deep amber colour and a creamy head with a yellow hue. A strong malt base in the aroma, nuts and citrus as well. Taste is bitter form the outset, some sweetness is added. A bitter, and tantalizing finish makes for a really good beer.