bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - Spicy, hoppy
Appearance - Dark Clear Amber-Brown, Light Head
Taste - A mild, smooth, holiday beer; a little sweet and a little malt
Palate - smooth finish, no bitterness
Overall - Doesn’t taste as strong as the ABV indicates; a nice spicy holiday brew. I would prefer it just a little more malty. Great for once in a while but not an everyday beer.
rouhlas (484) - GREECE - MAR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle at home. Dark copper - brown color with red notes and yellowish beige head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee in the beginning, caramel, spicy - some cinnamon notes, light chocolate, fruity - sweet berries, hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
MayumiH (248) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Dark and strong. Very malty with a touch of sweetness but mostly bitter, I’d say. Earthy hop character also. Complex. lovely stuff :)
DrunkSanta410 (372) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours a dark Amber brown with a quick dissipating tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, a bit of cherry, faint spice and chocolate. Smells fantastic. Taste is dark caramel, toffee, toast, a bit of fruitiness (light raisins and cherries), and finishes with a bit of chocolate. Lots going on, lots to enjoy. Medium heavy body, high carbonation and a bit of a dry finish. This is good.
asedzie (635) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very deep ruby brown with thin off-white head. Nose has vinous and even cidery notes - hints of tannin-like woodiness, oaky caramel, vanilla, smells cellared in that it has an earthy - but not funky - depth. A hint of berry-like hops. Nose is subdued but rich. Palate has low carbonation, which is true to style, and has substantial hop resin and mild alcohol hotness that subside as it warms. Flavor is nutty, with some smoky roastedness at the beginning finishing with pronounced alcohol presence and some bitterness - gets more round and rich as it warms (and become very very good actually - best drinking temp seems to be around 50F).
MadIndian (2509) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. After tasting the Barrel aged version, I decided to give this a whirl. Nice notes of molasses, Earth, bread, coffee and raisin. Not as good as
the barrel aged, but still very impressive.
TH28 (182) - - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, bottled 10/2/14. Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with hint of ruby. No head.
Aroma: Roasted coffee along with leather, toffee, and caramel.
Taste: Deep rich malt sweetness with flavors of caramel and molasses, raisins, chocolate, leather, and a hint of peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with little carbonation. Not quite the viscosity and alcohol warmth.
Finish: a slight roastiness and dry peppery spice lingers on the tongue.
Overall: A really complex ale perfect for those cold winter nights.
venettafields (10) - - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle with a bottle date Sep 17, 2014. Consumed 01/03/2015. This pours a murky brown, a little bit of light coming through at the edges, with a 1-2 finger light light tan head. Looks like muddy pond water. Aroma is caramelized sugar, toffee, butterscotch, bready. Taste is where is thing just took me back, yes there’s the toffee, but there’s bittersweet coffee, slight roasty chocolate, and this thing other thing, reminds me of walking into a cigar shop, just wet tobacco. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but it’s killer in this beer. It’s a medium beer, heavier side of medium. Old ales aren’t a great style for me, tend to be pretty one note, but this was exceptional in the style. Love that tobacco.
davidtjm (661) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at BrewDog Nottingham. Pour is dark with hardly a head, aroma is caramel, coffee. Taste is malty, alcohol, sweet, coffee notes towards the finish. Tasty and interesting
teorn88 (3452) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BD Shepherd’s Bush tap takeover, London. It pours a dark copper, almost brown color, with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy, with notes of caramel, egg, lactose, nutmeg and dried fruits. Taste is again sweet, lightly roasty and malty, lightly spicy. More notes of lactose, dark chocolate, dried fruit, nuts and nutmeg. Finish lightly bitter and warming, with some alcohol kick. Medium to full bodied with creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, nice old ale
jackafholmes (488) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at brewdog bar, Leeds. Brown ale with white head. Smells farmy and of pigs! Aromas of nice toffee and tea. Taste is bitter and a little sour. Medium carb and body. Ok stuff.