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


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A traditional beer for real players.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2012

Bottle 500ml. @ home on the terrace.

Clear dark red brown colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark berry - nutty. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dark berry - nutty, chocolate - roasted mat, sweet berry - chocolate malt, burnt caramel - malt in the back ground. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120714]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23711) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2002
Sampled bottled at Ape & Apple, Manchester.
Near black. Big coffee aroma. Sweet and malty. Notes of licorice. Creamy. Salty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
1st July 2015
Tropical Croydonia Bottleshare. Thanks to Dan. Almost clear deep brown - amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is airy with modest fine carbonation. Light malt cream, touch papery. Modest floral bitterness. Light dry finish. Not delivering much for it’s abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn
Hazy brown color, with generous head. Very nice aroma of dark malts, caramel, wood, cream, light smoke. Good body, with good malt and caramel flavor, some toffee, treacle; the final is more woody, and drier (this is a pity), with delicate smoke.
For once a different Ale, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Daniel, a real player. Pours deep amber-brown with a creamy off-white head. Rich fruity aroma, grapes, berries. Medium sweet flavor with rich berries, some toffee, raspberry seeds, bread. Medium bodied kith average carbonation. Finishes somewhat sweet with more berries, earthy bitterness, berry seeds and skins. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
Bottle from Morrisons. Drunk on a train. Malty aroma. Like brown malt. For a strong beer it’s quite thin. yes malty. Some hop on the finish. Malty is about all I can say. Like lots of brown malt but with a thin finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle split at Scopesters on melt day, thanks to Daniel, 01/07/15. Dark chestnut brown topped with a beige swirl. Nose is brown bread, light must, vanilla, fruit pangs. Taste comprises brown bread, biscuit, toffee, fruit rinds. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. So very so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15804) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
Thick looking; dark brown; toffee, loads of malt; brown sugar; sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Daniel. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, bitter-sweet, dark fruits, berry skin, toffee and toasty sugars. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, berry yoghurt, plum skin, dark fruits, raisin, fruit cake, date and some jamminess. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty juicy and fruity. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9939) - Wigston, 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.

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