JonMoore (1809) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - dark brown colour with thick creamy light beige coloured head. Aroma of light roast malts, chocolate, brown sugar, wine. Nice well balanced mix of flavours, roasted and sweet malts, dark fruit, chocolate, touch of alcohol, some nice late bitterness. Medium bodied, some liveliness on the tongue. Enjoyable.
StueyD (1070) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark cola brown coloured beer with a thick off white head. A light burnt sugar, caramel dark malt aroma with hints of raisiny dried fruit. A dry mouthfeel. A bitter taste, full of caramel malt elements, fruity, raisiny, all a little but like a rich fruit cake! The richness carries on into a slightly sweet finish.
angelkostvo (519) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour, almost no head. Aroma of wine, nuts, malts. Taste is light sweet, very well balanced. Medium body, slick creamy texture, average carbonation. Long aftertaste
wimpyjoe (2984) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with a tiny red glow and next to no head. It has a smooth texture with plenty of sweet winter fruits but some roasted malts are evident too, although not dominant.
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 500ml. -at Cervecería Oldenburg-Hermana Mayor, Madrid. Almost black coloured, small to medium sized pale beige head, slight lactic caramel nose. Light roasted malt, mild chocolate and caramel with notes of dried fruits. Mild sweet finish. Not bad at all.
mmahut (648) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought at OP, 28. 11. 2013. Dark body with one finger baige foam with high visible carbonation. Aroma is clean but light malty sweetness, hints of roastiness and coffee. Taste is malty with balanced roasty characters, chocolate tones, dark sugar, light biterness. Body is light with soft, low carbonation.
petexner (854) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Average strong ale. Dark brown color, small head, decent aroma and taste.
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Welley_Alves (213) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excelente Strong bitter ale inglesa de Manchester, aroma caramelado de malte, gosto multado com amargor honesto. Lembra uma porter, porém com amargor de bitter inglesa. Excelente!
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visionthing (2402) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle at the Ape and Apple, Manchester. Very dark reddish brown, close to black, with an off-white to beige head. Lightly roasty aroma with dark fruits and caramel. Sweet and fruity with a nice malt flavour and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. Medium body. Nice and flavourful. (2013-01-26)
BlackHaddock (3185) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: best before 20 Dec 2012, poured @ home into a UK pint sleeve on 15 Nov 2012. The beer was obtained from my local B&M Bargains Store.
Nice deep, dark ruby red colour with a full uneven covering of tan foam on top.
Brown sugar type malty molasses in the nose and taste: this is a malts first and foremost brew. Prunes, plums and mixed nuts vie for your attention in the flavours as the malts and hops go to work with each other.
The body is moving towards rich and thick: the beer reminded me of those old winter warmers because it has that sort of Christmassy fireside taste and palate.
Cheap to buy: well worth the cost and I’ll be getting some more in for December.