dj (574) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 500ml. A good-sized diminishing head. A nice malty, somewhat nutty, fruity aroma. Dark brown appearance. A long-lasting sweet, fruity, bitter finish with hints of caramel and chocolate. A nice warming ale which I’ll be sure to buy again.
johndoughty (5006) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled.Lovely inviting malty aroma upon opening that screams please drink me.
This maltiness dominates although there are traces of chocolate.Quite complex with an aftertaste more subtle than you would expect.Winner of the TESCO winter beer challenge.Definitely a worthy winner.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A rich brown coloured beer with a fruity full aroma with hints of caramel and good alcohol. The taste is fruity and rich. Some berries and some wood. Warming alcohol and quite tasty.
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark coca-cola brown colour, big blocky tan head. Fruity malt and caramel aroma. Very complex palate of raisins, apples, molasses, sweet spice, chocolate, and a mineral/clay note too. Maybe I drank this too warm because the one detractor was the alcohol-- I found it poorly integrated and a little harsh. Otherwise a great beer.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Initial fruity smell. Smooth and sweetish, quite buttery ending with a sharp hop kick.
scotty (1157) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A BIG spicy malty number,lots of citrus fruity acids,this is packed with loads of rich toffee/coffee malt flavours,very complex, the finish just goes on and on and on....etc,etc... Yes!! I like this lots!!!! Tesco.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma seems a bit bl;and though the malt has most of the say with some spicy notes., sweet. Taste is noticably fuller with some small hints of dark fruits mixing with some raw malt characters nicely. Hops have a wee say at the end also. Plesent beer.
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a rocky cream head. Aromas are smooth chocolate and winter fruit, molasses with some spices and a herbal character. Flavours begin with chocolate malts, spices, raisins and berries with some fruity sourness. Quite rich and malty with more herbal aspects. Nice warming alcohol on the finish. Good, but would like to see a bottle conditioned version.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some spice and cloves on the nose. Deep ruby red notes in the predominantly dark brown body. Creamy but weak head. Flavour is a rich, nutty malt coupled with some dried fruit. Lingers well with a warmth on the back of the throat that is quite nice. Not a bad effort.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, beige head. A welcoming sweet malty aroma was followed by a delightfully rich taste with raisins, citrus, and liquorice. Like eating a slice of Christmas cake. First beer I’ve had from this brewery. Good start.