maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Vinuous smell with some berry fruit thrown in. Dark brown colour with little head or lacing. The mouthfeel is very full with a buttery smoothness, blackberries, caramel and a wine like flavour. This beer is very good but belies its strength in that it's not a particularly warming beer
Sammy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much different than the cask version i had 2 years ago. It had an excellent head and lacing on a light golden body. Caramal pronounced but so is the bitterness in the finish, toasting. Lots of flavour, an imperial British!Above average mouthfeel.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden, like it says on the label. This has a vinuous and spicy aroma. Flavours are of brown sugar, burnt toffee and a surpising hops bites. Powerful and delicous.
Quack-Duck (7209) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, Waitrose Sidmouth 2008. Dark brown colour with a small head. Fruity nose. Very smooth, deeply malty with raisins, plums and shy hints of citrus fruit. Very malty indeed with a well-rounded malty finish. Delicious.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Roasted malts and alcoholic nose with a touch of caramel too. Amazing colour to the body, deep dark (almost black) translucent ruby amber. The usual crap head for and English beer. Flavour is all roasted malts, toffee and brown sugar, similar to the Vintage ale but not as strong and much more pleasing. The alcohol is clearly there but not at all offensive, more in a "this is going to get me drunk and you are going to like it" way. Finish is sweet again with some chocolate and butter. I know a lot of people are going to find this one too sweet but to me its all just hinted at and really rather good. Palate is syrupy but not in a bad way (thick mouthfeel) and I must mention the lovely alcoholic kick in the finish too. Rather lovely, this is giving me some faith in beers from my own country.
gnoff (7030) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle. On April 16, 2009. Shared with deft. BB 25/03/10
Clear copper color, medijm tan head. Sweet and cream scent, also alcohol and fruity. Buttery, strawberry, cream, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Rune (6905) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle picked up at Sainsburys, TCR, London. Deep mahogany body covered by a thin layer, displaying nice laceworks. Dark fruity and nutty aroma. Pungent hop resin in flavour supported by anise and berries. Moderate bitter ending with a noticeable touch of alcohol. Perfect transition from smell to taste. Full bodied (a joy to drink at my hotel room, St Giles 30.04.2008)
Fin (6636) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle Sainsburyís Kidlington 14-04-06. Dark amber, roasted nuts in what is a very poweful aroma. Very good malty (slightly sweet) beer.
DruncanVeasey (6604) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Fitting toast to Beckhamís anticlimactic 100th cap in Paris. Bronze ringed with white. Some enticing stemmy green orange/juniper hop notes on the nose, sweetly citrussy with plenty of caramelised malt back-up a bit like a mellow IPA. Flavour marred by too much coarse antiseptic alcohol, whiskeyish booze, and (agian) a dead lingering bitterness presumably the by-product of filtering/pasteurisation. Completely unaromatic. If thatís a word. Vaguely pleasant toffeeish notes, but smothered with sickly, buttery almond (ethanol). A very fine line indeed between this and Bavaria Red/RIP/ Exterminator-type malt liquors served in a brown paper bag. Dead barley wine ruined by pasteurisation and too much booze. I couldnít finish it.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright amber, Nose: woody, earthy with gentle sweetness behind. Very British in style. Alcohol is there thats for sure, roasted malts behind, good bitter feel somewhere between.