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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1925) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, malty aroma, taste is medium bitterness with some roast malt, with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (1898) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1746) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle quality save. Ruby decent beige head. Aroma is fruity dark malts rare same some choc nice bitter finish. Ok body. Decent stuff.

3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1403) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours almost totally black with a short lived off-white head. Aroma is roasty notes with coffee with hints of fruits. Taste is also coffee with roasted malt and alcohol leading to a sweetish roasty finish with light hop notes. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle at home (bought in Manc). Prune juice brown with a thin tan head. Much better than I expected. Roasty/smokey notes with some caramel and not too overpoweringly sweet. Quite refined for Holts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1233) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GBZ59 (1181) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 16, 2011
Saboreada en Mayo´11. Copa Oversized. Brota marrón oscuro con cremosa espuma color beige. Bastante buena retención que deja acuosos anillos de encaje. Maltas tostadas en nariz con notas de frutas del bosque. Lígero sabor dulzón con matices de café y suave amargor que permanece hasta el retrogusto. Lúpulo casí imperceptible. Baja carbonatación pero sensación pesada en boca. La sensación no desbordante de alcohol la hace bebible. Algo decepcionante en conjunto.Enjoyed on May´11. Oversized glass.Pours dark brown in color. Beige creamy foam. Quite well retention leaving watery lacing rings. Toasted malts & forest berries undernotes on nose. Sligthly sweet flavor, mildy hints of coffee & smooth bitterness tasting up to the aftertaste.Hops almost imperceptible. Low carbonation but fat sensation mouthfeel. Not overhelming alcohol feeling makes it drinkable. A little dissapointing overall.

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.

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.


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