DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2009
Fruit and roast aromas. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter lasting roast malt finish.
Theydon_Bois (9145) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, from Waitrose Sunningdale, 31/08/13.
Dark mahogony brown with slightly reddish hues and a good sized light tan head.
Nose is bready malts, dark fruit tones, light cocoa, dates, sticky toffee pudding.
Taste comprises cake mix, bready malts, treacle toffee, dates, muscavado sugars.
Medium bodied with a little bite, fine carbonation, sweet fruity tang in the finish.
A most decent old ale, I’d happily return to a bottle of this as a winter warmer ... IF ONLY I COULD DRINK A BEER I’VE ALREADY HAD BEFORE WHICH I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO DO ANYMORE ... AAAAAAAArrrrrrrrghhhhhhhh
pivnizub (8927) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very, very dark reddish-amber coloured, small fluffy tanned head; shy but complex aroma, composed of toasted malt, sweet fruits, coffee and liquorice; robust bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; sweetness in the fruity, coffeeish finish. a fine stuff.....
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a purple hue and a small tan coloured head. The aroma has notes of plums and sweet caramel together with a little licquorice. The taste has more dark fruits together with a little chocolate malt and a feel of oil or petrol. A nice tasty fruity, quite full-bodied beer
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Dark brown colour with a ruby shine and a beige and short foamy head. Moderately roasty malty aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, liquorice-spice and a whiff of dried fruits. Roasty bitter flavour, medium bodied with a modest carbonation. Hearty roasty malty base with hints of molasses, caramel and dark chocolate, accompanied by subtle fruity notes towards the moderately dry and bitter hoppy and roasty finish. Very tasty indeed. 04.VI.07 & 11.III.12
Benzai (8546) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Very dark brown, almost black color, small to medium sized beige to light brown head. Smell malts, leaves, raisin, plums. Taste malts, plums, raisins, lightly bitter. Long fruity and lightly bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbo.
Rune (8205) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
One-third pint ale dispensed on gravity at GBBF 09. Nice and clean, devil-black body. Smell of dark fruits and mild roasted malts. Jam-like flavour with fruitcakes and prunes supported by sweet, black malts. Well rounded aftertaste with rather low impact of alcohol on the palate (Earls Court, 07.08.2009).
leaparsons (8180) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very dark beer with a rich biscuit malt body along with smokey toffee notes - one for bonfire night perhaps. There is also a slightly vinous character. This is a little thin in the mouthfeel but still pleasant.
Beerhunter111 (7872) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.
Thick tan head settled to nothing in about a minute and refuses to come back no matter how much I aggitate it. Fantastic colour though. Almost opaque rich dark amber. Slight off smelling sourness in the aroma spoils the really good earthy malt underneath. Flavour wise, this is lovely stuff. Drinks like a lightish barley wine. Good citric notes, chunky earthy malt with a pronounced sweetness and a glorious tangy feel, almost an old ale like sourness. If you hold it in the mouth it’s almost watery citrus but it’s all about the finish. Awesome sweet and sour blend. Loads of tangy fruit, chewy sweet alcohol and a really pleasing barley wine type character. Late hops but no bitterness round it off really well. Damn good stuff and certainly the best I have had from Hogs Back.