Estarriol (5) - - DEC 28, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
275ml bottle as part of Hogs Back christmas set (thanks to mother- and father-in-law!). Enjoyed at home at room temperature (around 19 degrees C) in a trappist variant glass.
Appearance - Pours smoothly, a medium-thick deep amber/ruby liquid with a very thin head. Beautiful colour up against the light, although less head than I’d like.
Aroma - Dominated by yeast and hops, undertones reminiscent of honey-smoked ham and chocolate.
Taste - Full-on bitter hops and alcohol dominates from beginning to near-end, overdone to my tastes and drowns out the subtleties of the beer. Right at the end it mellows down and then something very pleasant comes out - sweet and warm, honey, malt and chocolate. I found myself sipping this very slowly in order to get the best out of the beer.
Palate - Thinner and fizzier than I’d like, but not bad. Leaves a smooth coating on the mouth afterwards though which is rather pleasant.
Sissio (824) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, wine, toasted malts, licorice
Sweet, bitter, light sweet
Toffee, caramel, licorice
Rob_D_UK (1192) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich malty toffee aromas. Some very light hops apparent in the flavour despite this only fairly sweet.
olliejobbins (1261) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle. pours a dark amber/coffee colour. smells of spice, strong hops and smoky. tastes smoky and a little fruity with strong hops.
Theydon_Bois (11675) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at JF’s (Hogsback brewery shop) - 28/10/12.
Clear dark amber/copper with a thin off white head.
Nose of sweet malts, toffee fudge, butterscotch.
Tastes of dark toffee, dark fruits, prunes, dates, caramelised sugars, touch of booze.
Higher end of medium bodied with fine carbonation leading to a fruity finish.
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was feeling festive so thought I’d open this. Less than 100 days until Christmas and was feeling a little disappointed that the adverts haven’t started yet. Holidays are coming and all that. Can’t say this made me feel any more Christmassy but it did give me an afternoon wobble. Pleasant enough, strong aftertaste, quite sweet. Right, I’m off to buy my tree.
imdownthepub (11147) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 275ml a Christmas gift from Sandra. Reddy amber with no head. Full, fruity, viney beer, smooth and blackberry flavour, some peatiness in the background. The hops have been overtaken by the alcohol but all in all fairly decent.
oh6gdx (21963) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Monks Wallingatan, Stockholm. BBE 21.11.2008. Reddish amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, caramel malts, quite rich on wooden and fruity notes as well. Flavour is similar, with also some alcoholic sweetness. This one has afed beatifully.
Leighton (13405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Halloween BF 2011. Pours clear, rich ruby with a faint, white head. Tons of ripe fruits on the nose. Flavor is very sweet, lots of rich bread, cake, ripe and slightly tangy fruits, berries. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, loads of ripe fruits, light caramel, toasty sugar. Very decent strong ale.
Rasmus40 (12822) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As Wobble in a Bottle. Clear dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 080711
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at the Pigs Ear Beer Festival, London on 6 December 2006. Dark reddish brown colour. Strong raisiny fruit aroma with some vinous notes and a slight herbal, medicinal feel. More rich fruit on the palate. Plums and prunes. Slightly woody. Rich and complex mouthfeel. A warming and satisfying strong ale.