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

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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
ManVsBeer (5267) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4961) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
50cl bottle from Morrisons, Bracknell. A attractive deep reddish chestnut colour with a thick creamy beige head; the aroma has some raisins and demerara sugar, and also some damp earth; the mouthfeel is creamy with a complex blend of flavours - some bittersweet chocolate, some purple fruit, coffee and raw cane sugar, all balanced by a pleasant bitterness; and rounded off by a dry, warming, nutty finish. Rather good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4552) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4374) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3645) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3634) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2012
Dark brown colour. Aroma of dark malts and caramel. Rich, malty taste. Flavour of dark dried fruits and light toffee. Slight metallic edge.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (3614) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
500ml bottle courtesy of mr_h. Very derk red, big foamy head. Sweet treacle aroma. Toffee malt flavour. A bit watery and weak for a 6% beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3401) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
500ml bottle at home, from Morrisons, Ayr - opaque dark brown, foamy beige head, fruity, caramel aroma, sporadic lacing, harsh toffee flavour with a bitter finish, oily, good carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3284) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2710) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle from asda, wirral. Black beer with medium head and patchy lacing. Aroma of dark malts and a little treacle. Taste is dark malts, treacle notes, dark fruit and a little coffee. Good.


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