oh6gdx (24496) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (thanks to the craziest bartender ever!) Deep reddish brown colour with mediumsized creamy off white head. Aroma is spices, some nuttyness, rather sweet caramel malts as well as some underlying syrupy sweetness. Flavour is nutty, caramel malty and has some spices as well. Some mild notes of fruits as well as pine too. Pleasant and balanced HN product.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1 pt. bottle. Deep brown color with red highlights. Rocky, light tan head. Spice, sweet malt, and nuttiness in the nose. Medium-low carbonation with a medium-dry mouthfeel. A very strong metallic taste is the first thing to hit my tongue. Ugh! It has a spicy nuttiness to it once you get past the metal. An interesting dark fruit sweetness emerges as well. A little bitterness on the back end helps even things out. Unfortunately the metallic taste runs roughshod over what could potentially be a good beer. Not impressed. Given the metallic taste probably wasn’t intentional, I will retaste in the future.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from utobeer. Pours a dark chocolate with tan head rich dark fruit flavours are followed by a malty slightly smokey nose. Fruityness is then cleaned away by a surprising bitter finish great stuff!
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with mocha white head. Malty, sweet aroma. Dry. Caramel. Slight smoke and low bitterness.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint+0.9. A pretty dark amber pour, limited white head arises. Very nice malty aroma, some caramel and rainin. Maltiness is not quite a prominent, there are some piney hops and spice that balance out the sweet malt. A little peaty, roast nut with some very limited red fruits. A little thin, but exteamly drinkable. Somewhat smokey or roast finish that lingers a bit. Not bad and quite sessionable if available in that capacity.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smells like alot of British Ale ive come across. Light hops, malty, nutty, light fruitiness. Darker copper pour with small head.Taste has slight British hop flavor, some fruitiness, caramel malts> little complexity. Slightly spicy. Ok
joe19612 (2451) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black with a thick white head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and liqourice. Gentle and smooth, tastes sweet but with a strong liqorice hint and a long medium bitterness in aftertaste.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Body-almost opaque brown with a thick ring of bubbles. Nose-wet cardboard, muted hops, strong malt backbone, almost corny/husky, a really good balance of sweet/husk/hops, cereal, good clean taste. Very good beer that just screams “ENGLISH”.
larsga (7117) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge beige lasting head. Barely translucent deep dark red body with light carbonation. Hoppy fruity peas aroma with roasty chocolatey notes. Not a good mix, otherwise great. Dry-sweetish delicate fruity peppery peas taste with hay notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dryish roasty dusty licorice and chocolate aftertaste with fruity notes. Some wood as well. Again not happy with the mix of flavours, but otherwise a gorgeous beer. (0.5l bottle, Systembolaget, Charlottenberg.)
bierkoning (11953) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. raisinny, almost vinous aroma with licorice and some earthy hops. Malty, just a bit salty, vinous and nutty flavor with licorice and some earthy hops, lingering on in the aftertaste. Tasty ale, satisfyingly balanced.