Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2009, 4th August 09 & also at the Bricklayers Putney, 5th Oct 09. Ruby dark brown with some white head. Strong initial flavour of blackcurrant cordial and then a rich caramel & honeycomb taste. Full, slightly oily palate that coats the mouth. Better to have a half than a full pint.
vipinvelp (2352) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark ruby, dark brown with small light brown lacing foam glass. Aroma is light coffee, some barley, some grass. Taste is coffee taste. Fresh taste. (Velp 201303)
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, dark brown with a filmy tan head. Strong vinuous aroma, dominating some fruit and malt in the background. Some vinuous qualities in the mouth as well, the malt is definitely chocolate, with some tarty fruit in there as well. This is very good.
Vignale (2172) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En mörk strong ale med fin maltkaraktär. Ändå inte en öl som stack ut tillräcklig för att bli minnesvärd.
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Waitrose in Staines. Deep brown coloured ale with a lasting off white head. Fruity, caramel, roasted coffee and malt. Very drinkable and one of the better offerings from Hogs Back Brewery.
TheJestersBeer (2130) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy, dark brown, thin beige head.
Aromas are mostly roasted malt, chocolate, spices, some hops, yeast.
Off-dry, medium to full bodied, medium bitterness, balanced CO2.
Malty, roasted, spicy taste, lots of chocolate and spices, cinnamon, hops, earth, faint smoke, against a solid malt and alcohol backbone. Not bad.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery shop. Sampled alongside a nice beef stew with dumplings. Pours with little carbonation and no head. If Hogs Back are really going to bottle condition they need to prime the bottles first, as these almost flat ales might turn bad, even if they are quite delightful when fresh. Very dark ale with hues of red. Aroma is sweet and fruity (banana) with a touch of roast and apparent alcohol. Flavours are sweet and nutty with banana like esters. Notes of chocolate, roasted malt. Smooth, lovely. A bit oily
Davros (2025) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, prunes, golden syrup, brown sugar and bready malt. Pretty nice stuff.
Similar flavours with lots more roasted malt, chocolate, golden syrup and sweet, sugary dried fruit. A bit cloying, and there’s an off-putting chalky/doughy note.
Body feels a little watery.
joe19612 (1924) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma with some winter fruit, the taste is bitter with fruit with a short dry finish.
JonMoore (1895) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned. Near black with a slimish creamy beige-ish head. Aroma is sweet slightly roast malt and dark fruit. Taste is the same, plus some nice hops in the finish. Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied. Very well put together ale; really excellent.