mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged 2 years. Pours a clear ruby red with no head to speak of. Sweet syrupy malt aroma, light yeast. Flavour to match - dark sweet fruits (overripe plum, cherry) with no noticeable hop character. Thick coating body, very light carbonation. Pleasant, but not stellar.
neuromatt (999) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #054828. 500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear copper with a moderate, beige head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is big and bold, with loads of caramel, candy sugar, figs, brandy and a touch of English hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, brown sugar, fruit and just a hint of hops towards the end. A hint of sherry comes through late, and it closes with a delicate peppery, slightly alcoholic finish. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great English strong ale--malty and sweet, with a huge amount of complexity. A beautiful brew that has aged and mellowed nicely. 2013-01-07
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 3 years old, courtesy of paulhegedus - thanks a lot! Pours gorgeous clear dark amber, with tan lacing. Aroma of sweet grapes (think Welch’s), and slight butterscotch. Super smooth taste with fruit (raisins, grapes being strongest), butterscotch, and some very slight roasty notes. Slight alcoholic finish. Great stuff!
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle conditioned, pours cloudy reddish orange color with off white, grey bubbly head which soon recedes to a ring / thin film in my trappist glass. Aroma is very warm and buttery, with fruit notes like apricot jelly, also buttered biscuit, toffee, peanut brittle, butterscotch. Delicious flavor, at first with notes of caramel, and then candied fruit - apricot, orange, then moves to a sweet toffee, with a long finish of butterscotch and buttered toast. Palate is a little thinner than expected for all this flavor, but that just makes this dangerously drinkable. Similar in character to sam smith’s yorkshire stingo, this is simply a great english strong, hard to stop sipping on it.
Mortlach (925) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
09/02/2013 500ml bottle (thanks Theydon_Bois!). Ambrata-miele, un filo torbida, schiuma non abbondantissima e poco persistente. Al naso un buon mix di frutta matura, mela cotta, caramello, pane e miele. In bocca conferma le sensazioni olfattive, con una bella nota di miele, amarognola nel retrogusto. Peccato che alla lunga risulti un po’ stucchevole. Corpo medio, carbonazione leggera. Discreta.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #24890. Hazy orangeish amber pour with a dense beige head that lasts a while. Aroma is quite sweet with notes of honey, brown sugar, orange, apricot and grass. Flavour is very similar and also on the sweet side but is balanced by the bitterness, and is also a bit spicier. Dry, slightly grainy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. Although last year’s was probably better, this isn’t bad drinking now and would likely improve with a bit more age.
k0mpsa (895) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2009, no 022193. Hazy orange brown color, white head. Aroma is malts, oak, sweetness. Balanced malty body, oak, little alcohol, some licorice.
Pyobon (853) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle #005371) Clear ruby amber with no head. Aroma has raisins, sherry, brandy and hint of black treacle. Full bodied, even sticky, with carbonation poised between creaminess and brighter fizziness. Rich flavour starts with sweet raisin and toffee and develops burnt toffee notes that lead to a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the flavour towards the end. Overall a very impressive beer.
Holy (834) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Urbain’s personal stash, No 006341, 2009. Golden amber color, firm white head that leaves strong lacing. Aromas are candy, caramel, breads. Taste starts sweet following the aroma, but ends up dry and slightly bitter. A nice ale.
espenra (823) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
l bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Bottle 069562. Red amber colour with a minimal head. Aroma feels a bit off. Very sweet with notes of plums, caramel malts, toffee and some hints of alcohol. Some hints of dust. Flavour is full with notes caramel, syrup and plums. Some alcohol. Sweet. Medium long aftertaste. Unfortunately it was a letdown compared to the 2010 version, although i all fairness it improved after a while.