Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ GBBF 2009. A black colored beer, with a thick small beige head. The aroma of roasted malts with chocolate, bittersweet. The taste is malty with chocolate and some dark fruits, like raisins. The aftertaste is dry bitter with some chocolate and notes of sweet.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown with a thin off-white head, plums, dark malts and coffee in the aroma, medium bodied with soft carbonation, rich flavor with a long aftertaste.
evergreen0199 (2667) - 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.
AdiBeer (2590) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: toasted malts, caramel malts, roasted flavours. Appearance: dark brown, small creamy beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, roasted, toasted flavours again. Overall: very nice English Strong Ale. Bottle from Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham.
Davros (2535) - 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.
gegwilson (2524) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the hog’s back brewery shop in Tongham. Pours deep mahogany with a small tan head. Flavours are sweet with fruit cake, sherry and something a little woody. Maybe just a slight vegetable note, but otherwise very good.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Fleeting taste of chocolate with first mouthfull which rapidly disappears to leave liquorice flavours which develop into a complex burnt, treacly taste. Very viscous and satisfying but begins to cloy towards the end. Well worth a try but a whole bottle is a bit much.
Ethereal (2421) - 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.
joe19612 (2366) - 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.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - 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.