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


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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A traditional beer for real players.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (3887) - Oslo, - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (316) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
500ml bottle from Morrisons Supermarket. Very pleasantly surprised. Dark ale, 6%, good strong flavour. The aroma is sweet caramel/chocolate with a liquorice hint. The flavour follows that with predominant sweetness with a viscous mouthfeel. I could get drunk on this easily.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mR_fr0g (6536) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paulís. 01/07/2015. Reddy / caramel brown coloured pour with a loose light tan head. Aroma is farmyard, dirty, stale malts, malty, some alcohol. Flavour is composed of nutty malts, metallic notes, spicy rough bitterness. Some jammy fruits in the Irish. Palate is medium sweet, little papery. Bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4587) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle on an ASDA deal as part of budget month. Nose is muted, dark malts, some fruit cake, raisin, dry bread yeast note, slight herbal hop note. Taste is dark malts, bread, must, raisins, slight sherry, red berryís. The finish is dry, nutty and slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is too thin for the style. The beer never really getís going, and offer surprisingly little taste or depth for itís high ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (10039) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4235) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , 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 itís abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1732) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
500m . In a La Chouffee tulip. I have scrolled right past this beer many tims , but I got a psychic message that it might be a new tick as I yawned while in the shitty Morrisons section with no other newbies . A big coffee accent in the nose ,..earthy soil hops , licorice , dark chocolate bite .This nose has attitude , I like it ! This brew is a burnt purple/red liquid and with a large khaki cream head rests well in the tulip. the flavours suggest roasted malts , bitter and rich coffee expression , coffee , roasty licorice . . Notes of chewy dark toffee malts ,burnt butterscotch . Quit a cloying , syrupy palate through out . Rounded up with a nice kinda mellow dry conclusion !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle @ Croydonia. Deep amber with a small head. Nose of cocoa crisp and old donuts. Sort of sweet and unresponsive. Taste is similar. Bread and cocoa. A touch nuttey. General knackered maltiness. Meh.

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