pivnizub (10085) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark ruby coloured, small off-white foamy layer, sweet dark-malt, port-wine and ashes in the nose; bitter-sweet, a bit alcoholic flavour; malty, roasted-malty, a bit vinous, slightly bitter finish. Pleasant stuff.......
berkshirejohn (5947) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Tesco. Ruby chestnut body with a coffee coloured head leaving good lacing;citrus, malt, and honey on the nose; smooth and full bodied, some banana, and chocolate but also burnt cinder toffee. To me the burnt sugar is the dominating flavour, leaving a dry bitter finish.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of citrus fruits and malt. Pours a dark ruby colour with a tan head. Flavours surfacing are citrus fruits, dark chocolate, malt and hops. The alcohol is not overpowering. A complex palate - to be consumed slowly to allow the rich flavours to come through. A good ale.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tesco. Rich fruity aroma, pours a deep dark reddish brown with creamy beige head and good lacing. Flavours of banana, honey, liquorice, rich chewy malt. Smooth, warming mouthfeel, long finish with spicy hop and roasted malt tang. Great beer.
cgarvieuk (21036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark ruby red,rich malt, full cherry fruit malt with a bitter honneynessin finis
Hugh (208) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tescos. The commercial description above is very accurate. Quite a massive flavour for a 6.5% beer, packing way more than might be expected from a Belgian beer of this strength. This is really a truimph, trumping Old Peculier (in my opinion) as the best bottled old ale to be widely available.
davegore (223) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from tesco, poured almost black in colour, no head on the first pour strangely enough but a white head on the second. strong aroma of malt and toffee followed by a good dose of chocolate and caramel coffee, serious stuff, an excellent beer and quite surprised too
jaid6 (26) - Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium brown creamy head near black body, malty chocolate and honey notes, long finish good traditonal english ale
joe19612 (2531) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought from Tesco. Pleasant malty aroma, light brown head, very dark brown body. Wonderful flavour and a real sweet aftertaste with a long finish. A good old traditional English winter warmer Ale.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown hue, almost black. Thin light brown head. Toffee, coffee nose with a large helping of coco. This follows through to the flavour, which is rich on the palate with a fairly long chocolatey after taste . A high standard of beer.