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Brewed by Joseph Holt
Style: English Strong Ale
Manchester, England

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A traditional beer for real players.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (5887) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1100) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 10, 2013
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petexner (935) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Average strong ale. Dark brown color, small head, decent aroma and taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Welley_Alves (220) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 1, 2013
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! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2968) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
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)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4120) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ralphdot (994) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2012
6.0% black with a thin head, fruity malt aroma, burnt caramel and fruit taste, nice winter beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (530) - SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2012
Very dark but clear ruby-tinted beer with an off-white frothy head and a very sweet, fruity smell. Not that strong in the mouth but a sharp, fruity aftertaste. Doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it is and it’s one you’d have to be careful with!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
500ml bottle from B+M. Reflective ruby with a slim beige lid. Invitingly rich, malty aroma with suggestions of prune, christmas cake and Curly Wurly. Fine, doppelbock-accented brew exuding muscovado and cocoa-sprinkled dried fruits; malt loaf, slight cough medicine and black cherry (Tunes). Pretty good.


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