DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26-Nov-11 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 23-Dec-07 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA)
You never know for sure how a beer will cellar, and I was worried I let this one go too long, but after one sip, those concerns are dashed. This is a very malty beer, toasty, caramely, nutty, and earthy with a pleasant smokiness to the malt. The nose is equally malty and earthy, with aromas of brown toast, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, fallen leaves, and decayed logs. Medium-full in weight, light-medium in carbonation, and reasonably dry on the palate for such a malty beer. Clear, ruddy brown body is capped by a thin, light-tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring, leaving no lacing to speak of. Very nice to drink, enjoyable, a repeatable purchase.
drmet (824) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
-pours a clear brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,cherry,strawberry,plu to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
This was great.
Mister_Li (961) - GERMANY - JUL 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klares rotbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, Röstaromen, dunkle Schokolade, Nüsse, schwer.
Haz_1 (1) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody nice strong dark ale. Not that strong really, but enough to not be to weak. Would buy again for sure. Oh yeah, it’s English.
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 27/05/16.
Rich chestnut to mahogany brown with a decent beige cap of bubbles that retains well.
Nose is rich malt, straw, grain, toffee, dark fruit esters, light spice.
Taste comprises fruit loaf, dates, brown sugar, brown bread, light spice, treacle toffee.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with balanced bitterness.
Decent flavoursome English Strong ... goes well with cheddar.
Brandman (2848) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Just comments and numerals due to social interaction. Dark mixed fruits, caramel, rich complex malt for such low abv beer.
LazyPyro (594) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Dark brown appearance with a small dissipating tan head. Malty aroma, caramel, earthy notes, dark fruit, hint of chocolate. Taste follows the aroma, also a slight nutty flavour and light roast. Slightly sweet with a lightly bitter finish.
matstrange (105) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice head on pouring with an almost black complexion. Very malty taste with a hint of nuttiness and a bit of a kick at 5.5%.
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Bottle 500ml. Served at cellar temperature.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with red highlights and a lightly tanned, frothy head that lasts well. Aroma is of earthy hops, spiced cookies, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, blueberries and prunes. Flavour is a light earthy/spicy hop bitterness with toffee, chocolate, roasted nuts, sultanas, plums, a hint of coffee and a dry, earthy/roasted finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a good length finish. Very well balance and moreish!
HopMagnet (17) - Katoomba, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Rich brown ale with modest head. Delightful aromas of malt, dark chocolate and caramel. Richly flavoured, multi-layered palate with nutmeg, caramel and spice, slightly sweet finish. Gosh!