johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, heady nose. Pours very dark amber with a firm cream head. Flavour is complex with dark notes being balanced by some vinous, sherry-like sweetness. Finish is pleasingly astringent on the back of the tongue, with a lingering citrus and honey malt. Very nice indeed.
Maris (1121) - 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.
KeefOz (1100) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BB 06Feb14. Poured a mahogany red brown colour with a thin light tan bubbly head that diminished quickly to a line of bubbles. Poor lacing. Low carbonation. Aroma delightfully of chocolate but with under-lying alcohol. Taste of malt sweetness followed by a nice mild tasty hops bitterness that was not over-bearing. Medium body. Smooth finish. Quite OK.
Joakgust (1094) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark deep red beer with a good brown head. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of fresh fruits and malts. Flavor is roasty malty with notes of coffee, nuts with a nice dark bitter chocolaty finished. Stands out from most X-mas ales in a pleasant way.
fellebag (1090) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 50cl. Small grey white head. Clear dark red brown color. Aroma is bubble gum, berries, leather. Taste is sweet, leather, light caramel, earth.
Pyobon (1060) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish dark brown with nice tan head that doesn’t last. Subtle, pleasant malty aroma. Lovely palate, plenty of body, almost oily thick with a nice tingle of carbonation. Taste is rich and complex with malty sweetness and chocolates dark roast malts. Overall a great string dark beer.
doubelknv3 (1045) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, coffee, roast, and fruit aroma. Dark brown with tan frothy head. Chocolate, nuts, fruit, and balancing hop flavours. Full bodied, balanced, with lasting mild bitterness.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to my sister for christmas. Pours a dark brown with mahogany flashes down the side of the glass. Smallish dense light tan coloured head. Fine lacing leaves as except the thinest film. Aromas of sweet light caramel, cinnamon and ginger and some light stone fruits. Very christmas like. Flavours are sweet thanks to all the malt with only feint hop bitterness to finish. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel with slightly resiny after taste.
ralphdot (1007) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
5.5% deep ruby red colour with a thin head, fruity aroma, complex fruity taste, nice winter beer.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, caramel/toffee note, bread, grassy/hay and nutty.
Taste: Low sourness, low/medium sweetness and medium bitterness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, abrupt fairly dry bitter/sweet finish of dried fruit, chocolate malt and a hint of pepper.
Comments: Very good and glass lace.