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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional beer for real players.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (5651) - 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 Iíll be getting some more in for December.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5318) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle share at Paulís. BB April 2016, 6%. Dark reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is bread, liquorice, yeast. Body is medium, a little foamy. Taste is bready, rye spice, toast and a little ash. A basic malty beer. Nothing too inspiring, but alright.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4800) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4731) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle. The last time I came across this was in a long time closed off licence in Hackney.It was considered a rare beer then-I bought this one from Morrisonís. Dark brown with a medium head. Lovely flavour that lingers. A medium body and an impressive beer. A blast from the past that hasnít mellowed with time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4566) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gurthnar (4484) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has caramel, ambiguous hops, light caramel, biscuit, roasted. Quite nice. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is well balanced. On the bitter side, but in no way is malt subsided. Light roast, caramel, grassy hops. Moderate body, nicely drinkable. Tasty beer. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4434) - 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 (4379) - 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)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4165) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (3794) - 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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