DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brown with off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, fig, hops, spice, with a noble hop, raisin, and spicy malty flavor.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Beautifully detailed malts develop toasted nuts, caramel and fruit jam before salient leafy hop bitterness balances out this pleasant Strong Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam ruby-hued dark brown.
-Malts in this one are multifaceted. I would have loved to find it on cask...
-The hop bitterness is more important than I had expected. That green, leafy finish is enduring. It tends to take away from the beauty of the malts though...
-The mouthfeel is rather lean and carbonation is prickly yet soft.
-Drinkability is pretty high.
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-12-06. Dark brown body, modest foamy tan head fades. 3+ Nutty malty aroma, dark malts, modest sweet fruity touch. 6+ Flavour is similar, nutty malty character, sweet caramel and dark malt, light bitterness. Average palate suits the beer. Quaffable, a nice English brew, but just a touch mild overall. Bottle from England via Mabel’s brother
Quack-Duck (8413) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Bierzwerg. Deep brown colour, mid-sized beige head. Bitter aroma of burnt caramel - interesting. Full-bodied, lots of caramel, chocolate and espresso flavours, with a rather full-bodied maltiness present, also shy hints of honey.Bitter aromatic hops blend in towards thefinish. A delicious Christmas beer.
gnoff (8377) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 First rating
(Bottle, thanks to larsniclas and rlgk!)
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Acidic fruity juniper almost sour to lambic scent, still a bit subtle. Sweet but subtle taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness.
50 cl bottle on Ocotber 13, 2009
Clear dark copper to dark brown color, tan head. Fruity, sweet, roasted, salty, alcohol scent. Smooth, grainy, salty, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Grainy aftertaste.
DrSilverworm (8329) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color, thin khaki grayish head. Fades a bit. Some lace. Nice nutty and chocolate nose. Good earthy hops complement the rich aroma well. Mostly bitter taste. Light spice. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Solid british Christmas bitter. Flavorful and drinkable.
Fin (8257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, Case purchased at Majestic, Bicester, 02-10-06. Wonderful dark brown with a nice creamy head. Pleasant warming flavoursome beer that had plenty of rich malts and fruits swishing around. The bottle describes it as having a strong nutty flavour, I’m not quite sure it was a strong nutty flavour but there was some nuttiness there. Very smooth good full bodied beer that will be even more pleasing as the nights continue to draw in.
BVery (7877) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown mahogany pour with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, nut, malt. Creamy. Taste is similar to aroma just not quite as pronounced.
Skinnyviking (7721) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Head light brown. Body Dark red. Aroma choccolate, orange. Spicy bitterrness, malty, complex and lovely.
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany body with ruby tints. Generous tan head. Juicy roasted malt snout with a hint of fudginess. Chewy stouty roast, red wine creaminess and intensely roasty, bitter cocoa afters. But not at the complete exclusion of the hops. Good creamy-bitter balance. Some warming, whiskeyish booziness and redness in the face. Another winner courtesy of one of England’s finest.