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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
Dark beer with no head, smokey roasted aroma , sweet malty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
well this is right up my street. dark & moody. wonderful flavour of burned coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2008
A decent drink this, and 1.95 in my local pub. I think we have a new drink for my on match days. Slight caramel and chocolate in there but quite subtle. Pretty much black and pretty much tasty. Good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours almost black with red lights, creamy beige head. Aroma roasted malt, liquorice, dark coffee. Flavours of smoky malt, liquorice toffee, dried fruit, woody notes. Sticky-sweet, rich mouthfeel, smooth and lingering finish of dried fruits and more liquorice. Excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. Black with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are milk and dark chocolate with raisins. Lightly roasted with herbal notes. Flavours are rich and malty with dark chocolate and its bitterness. Fruity with dark berries. Dark syrup with some smokiness. Alcohol on the finish. The sparkle lets it down a touch but overall this is very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4276) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. Black beer with a light head. The aroma is spiced and quite vinous. The flavour has a very deeply bitter finish and a spiced and vinous body. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 22/11/2001 Dark coloured strong in alcohol and rich on the palate. Fruity porter like properties. Hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 14/03/2002 Dark coloured rich on the palate and slightly sweet. Fruity warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3626) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2004
Bottle, from York Beer Shop. Deep red brown almost black. Thin off white head and gentle condition. Starts off with a thick barley wine aroma that mellows quickly to leave a beefy roasted malt note and some sweet burnt toffee. Mouthfillingly sweet and malty in the mouth with a gentle smokiness and some fruitiness. Finish is long and roasted with some chalkiness and a suggestion of wood.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
Quite a rare beer, I had it during it's first cask outing for years in 1994 and again a few years back and it hasn't changed much. Rich red/brown beer, some alcohol escaping and caramel malt. Too sweet but some redeeming roastiness and bitterness. The alcohol is very prominent, spoiling the mouthfeel. (cask in Crown & Anchor, Manchester)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
Thick looking; dark brown; toffee, loads of malt; brown sugar; sweet finish.

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