pootzboy (1671) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taps a deep chestnut color with some red highlights, modest cap, soft carbonation.
Aromas are fruity-spicy lightly sweet.
Flavaor is exceptionally discreet in its use of spices and sweet malts...lovely war soft malty sweetness mingles with a spicy-fruity background and demure kent hopping...well balanced without any of the sweetness, spice or hops overpowering the amalgam of all these flavors....franklly the best Winter ale Iíve tasted this year.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark orange red with a white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Nutty malt taste with a sharp bitter finish. Sounds like it ought to be good, but somehow it just didnít quite cut the mustard.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel / malts / dark fruits. Taste is caramel / hops leading to dry /bitter finish.
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home ... copper / ruby ... little sweet and a hop thats not for me ... little nutty quite a bit of juice malt but in the end there just a hop in the background thats not for me. not bad just not for me.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Shamansburys.
Rich translucent red amber colour, would probably be worth a 4 if it had a head, sadly after just a short while, there is none. Nutty malt aroma with plenty of bready notes and some odd marzipan like stuff. Rather medicinal in the flavour, reminding me a lot of germoline or Bazooka gum. Nice malt, interesting finish but nothing really to shout about. Still, certainly one of the better offerings from Fullers.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of plum, cream, alcohol, syrup and malt. Pours a mahoghany coloured beer with a small head. Some cloying is noticeable. Taste of malt, honey, hops leading to a mildly bitter after taste. A well balanced beer.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark copper colour, medium head. Aroma of floral hops and caramel. Rich hop-laden flavour with some spice and a good warming feeling. Nice bitter finish.
RobBestwick (703) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swee fruity and slightly nutty aroma. Pours with a deep bronze hue and creamy and big off white head. Highly hoppey flavour with raisin, cherry and nutty notes. Nice and syrupy wih some balancing bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable winter ale.
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at Sainsburys, Kidlington, 0812-07 Pours brown in colour with some ruby highlights topped off with an off white head. Great fruity flavour, bit tangy, bit malty but lovely full flavour, there are nuts there as well and some caramel, really nice beer (suprised that I hadnít rated this one before)
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Bottle. Reddish brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, nuts, toffee and caramel. Tastes of nuts, toffee, dark chocolate, caramel and some light grape like hop bitterness towards the end. Medium to full bodied with a creamy and dry mouthfeel.