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
JonMoore (2022) - 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.
Lunkie (1579) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet malt hop aroma. Dark brown chocolate colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt chocolate flavour. Thin palate.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice malty aorma, some roastyness. Brownish colored beer, small off-white head. Good malty flavor, roast and some good smokyness.
olliejobbins (1333) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours almost black with caramel coloured head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and figs. Barely any carbonation. Tastes slightly of coffee and chocolate. Bitter and sweet.
Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From A Bottle.Almost black with no head,aroma is of sweet fruit,taste is malty with red wine and a sweet dry finish.
Rob_D_UK (1272) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby red colour, small white head. Aroma is hops, caramel, some roasted malts and fruits. Flavour is plum, caramel malts, some hops and toffee.
OllieBBommel (1269) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@home, 500ml. Head: beige foam, shrinking fast. Colour: clear dark brown. Aroma: hops, roasted malt. Taste: hops, bitter-sweet. Palate: dry, medium bitter-sweet finish, low CO2. Overall: very nice.
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. I found this beer far too sweet to start with but as I reached the end of the pint I found myself really enjoying it as multi layered flavours came through. Very good strong dark ale.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black with minimal head. Sweet, raisins, bitter dark chocolate. Very low carbonation.