TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Temperance Bar in Putney, a deep brown colour with a beige bubbly head. A rich molasses aroma with some ground hazelnut notes in the background. Palate is rich with plenty of alcohol. Sweet, slightly burnt caramal flavours. Warming and very punchy at 6.5%. You could get caught out if you had too many pints of this.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours darker then any ale I have ever tried. There is very head, but relative to traditional English ale, it seemed normal to me. The flavor is wonderful and alive with many overtones such as chocolate and coffee. a hauntingly smooth finish leaves you wanting more. I was very plesantly surprised. This is an excellent beer.
DorridgeDad (1) - Dorridge, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Found this in Tesco, a wonderful surpirse and a delightful beer. Great complex flavours. Well done to Tesco for stocking this.
StueyD (1554) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark, mahogany brown coloured beer with a thickish, beige head. A strong malty nose, slightly vinous with lots of sweet berry fruit, liquorice and caramel. The taste is bitter sweet, a nutty maltiness, liquorice, and dark chocolate, and a winey sweet berry fruit flavour that lingers to the end. (Bottle - Tesco).
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark ruby colour with a thick cream head. Aroma of sweet, rich malt, dark fruit, liquorice, chocolate and some alcohol. Similar for the taste, rich and full bodied, a bit sticky but not enough to cause a problem. Good old ale.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Very nice chocolate syrup aroma. Very dark appearance. I taste liquorice. Sweet but sickly. Surprising tangy aftertaste for a syrupy beer. I feel this beer is very well brewed, but I just don’t find anything that grabs me.
Kingsuttonale (4) - Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Black colour with a hint of ruby when held against light. A smooth chocolate tast with a slight citrus note. A very good beer.
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 May, 2006Blind tasting: Very dark - almost black, Smooth chocolate and some vanilla or fresh oak aroma. A little mouse fizz. Dark fruits and chocolate. Quite nice. Possibly unfiltered.
Drinking this after the blind tasting I would agree with my thoughts then. But, as with some other examples of filtered strong beers I am interested that I didn’t pick that up. This is actually a very nice beer. During the tasting I had this right at the end when my palate was tired. I gave it 3.0 then - I’ll give it a bit more now. [3.4]
Dec, 2006 A flavoursome beer. Caramel and roasted barley with pleasant notes of sweet honey. The hops tickle and scratch and twist around the sweetness in a playful and engaging manner, finishing quite dry and roasty. The interplay of sweetness and bitterness is great fun - neither element being too assertive or unbalancing the other. A very pleasant and enjoyable experience. [3.7]
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Creamy and sweet. Sugar and caramel aroma. Fantastic appearance. A rich mahogany body with a thick a very well behaved head. Sweet (but not too much) rich, well rounded and full bodied. Just a little sticky. Palate is creamy and excellent. Enjoyed this a lot.
Fin (9160) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle Tesco’s, Amersham 14-04-06. Dark brown very good Malty, spicy beer, chocolate flavours also present really nice beer.