gam (3061) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small biege head dark brown pour medium carbonation aromas dark fruit rich malts chocolate caramel coffeee flavours coffee bean molasses plum roqasted chocolate rich caramel cocoa medium strong bitter some cinnamon and vanilla the finish best aftertastes rich and smooth malts roasted hoppy fruits dark dried bitter and spicy taste lovely ale
MustangMarkF (212) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
500ml Bottle. I new i wasn’t going to be a fan of this when I bought it - however my tastes are towards the lager lighter range of craft beers. Dont let my low review put you off it just wasnt my thing. Aroma was slightly spicey and slightly chocolatey (but much less than would expect from similar brewers) Appearance was a dark red brown. Taste was just purely MEHHH It was quite malty but it was also very watery. Overall - if you’re looking for a winters pint - get almost any other englsih brewed seasonal ale and you’ll have an improvement on this.
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 8/7/2012. Pours a clear dark red brown with a medium fine head. Has some bready and caramel malt in the aroma, along with some fruit. The flavour is quite intense with dark/stewed fruit, nuts, and a rich maltiness which features caramel, toffee, chocolate, nutty and roasty notes. The body is full and the bitterness firm. This actually comes across bigger than 5.5% and feels like a bit of a winter sipper. Nice stuff.
Jado (436) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Needs a bit of agitation to produce a head, but it looks good - dark brown with red highlights. Detected some caramel and nuts on the nose. The taste is definitely driven by malty notes, with caramel, dried fruit and some nuttiness coming through. The spice is quite muted compared to say Brewdog?s There is No Santa, but is still evident. The body is a little thin and the palate a bit short, but pretty good overall.
hawthorne00 (2252) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 12C. Dark red with a good coat of beige head that laces well. Modest aroma of toffee, nuts, pears, chocolate, hints of spices. Sweet with toffee and stewed dark fruits, a little chocolate. Bitterness creeps up quite a bit to support and choke off the sweetness. Fuller palate (even a touch of alcohol) than you might expect - there is a definite illusion of strength and there’s no deadness often associated with pastuerised English beer. Good.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just on cool and into a Hooky pint. That hue of deepest ruby that shimmers and sparkles when held up to the light. Drabby, flabby dollop of dirty cream holds on well above and manages little legs. There is dry roasted nuts and carob beans, cola beer, nutmeg, mace, leather and an earthy, musty ol’ fell fruit note on the nose - delicious. Short burst of sweetest cola and molasses upfront dwindles to open up to a textured, malt driven palate. Good body (considering it is pasteurised and filtered) with a light dash carbonation upfront smoothing out and becoming smoky and pasty in back. Very woody with roasted nuts, smoke, aniseed, bitter dark chocolate and subtle earthy spices. Hops play a part too; an almost subliminal, earthy and weeded spiciness pokes out on the odd sip. Alcohol is strangely evident in the smooth, malty bitter and ashen finish. Better as it warms opening up a little more in the aftertaste to add a hint of Dutch cocoa and vanilla bean. It is miserably cold here in Perth at the minute and this one works a treat in warming the cockles even at such a modest ABV. A very enjoyable Dark ale! (50cL, BB 28/11/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
DeliriumT (352) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with wispy head which disappears quickly. The aroma is burnt grains with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is fresh chocolate and nuts with a subtle bitterness.
Scrapersnbeer (1432) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, figs, currants, dates and crap. Motor oil brown, not heady at all. It has that rough, burnt malt flavor I love oh so much. Complex, chalky feel and aftertaste. Very dense, though thick isn’t the right word.l Another winner in the English heavy traidtion.
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just got in from fronting a Christmas Quiz for the local Medical Centre (my wife volunteers me each year to organise, prepare and conduct it). I am therefore ready to have a Christmas beer: too sink slowly and review at leasure.
The tall brown 500ml bottle was best before 28 Jan 2011, I opened it on 4 Dec 2010. Poured into a ’La Chouffe’ tulip and a ’Forbidden Fruit’ chalice (because I fancied seeing what it looked like in different glasses).
Lovely ruby red body, dark and clear, with a full tan coloured foaming head.
The smells were of roasted/toasted/burnt malts and thick semi-sweet molasses, nutty brown bread sort of thing too.
The taste is all malts, drying as the mouth gets used to the flavours, the hops giving a bitter feel from the initial sip to the end of the tasting. Strangely however the beer ends up sweeter in the mouthfeel than it did when first sampled.
I was expecting/hopeful of, a rich and creamy Winter Warmer, reminding me of Chritmas’s past: roaring fires, smoking jackets, cigars and my childhood. Sadly, it didn’t produce those sort of memories.
An OK beer, lacked that X Factor which I hoped for.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - dried fruit, chocolate and caramel
A - brownish-red with thin head
T - light sweet with strong alcohol and bitter
P - mid to full and soft
O - good