visionthing (4076) - Oslo, - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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)
JKaranka (56) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Smells of sweet malts and sugarcane. The flavour is mellow but picks up as it warms up (this beer is nicer and more complex around 12-15c). Mellow barley, some caramel, sugarcane and molasses. A note of caramelised sultanas in there. The flavours are there but are of moderate intensity. It’s medium-heavy bodied, not too thick, drinkable. Feels somewhat sweet but finishes bittersweet, with the bitterness lingering around as you drink.
androman (1300) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl shared bottle at work, found in the fridge. Body is black, head is medium, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is sourish, flavor is malt, mild, coffee, light chocolate, hint of herbs. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, later cocoa and toffee stays bit longer. Medium body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer.
Graham77 (341) - SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mR_fr0g (7265) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared at the tropical Croydon tasting at Paul’s. 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.
johndoughty (4630) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Morrison’s. Dark brown with a medium head. Lovely flavour that lingers. A medium body and an impressive beer. A blast from the past that hasn’t mellowed with time.
Hanoi (711) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 berry’s. The finish is dry, nutty and slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel is too thin for the style.
The beer never really get’s going, and offer surprisingly little taste or depth for it’s high ABV.
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Scopey (10705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
The_Osprey (4893) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Paul’s. 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.
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.