Rune (7345) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Deep mahogany coloured body with an initially huge beige head that stayed for a while leaving fragile lacework behind. Malt-fruity aroma, mid-sweet and mid-dry. Nicely roasted malty taste of nuts and caramel. Dark fruits beneath. Bittersweet ending with a pleasant touch of resin. Fine bodied. A likable malty beer enjoyed on a Saturday eve at home in Tromsø 04.01.2014.
jercraigs (7324) - 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
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark amber ruby with a frothy well-lacing off-white head. Lightly sweet pale malty nose has some nutty notes and a hint of light fruitiness. Body is fairly full with some earthy dark caramel English malty notes with a hint of raisins and a drier toasty finish. Pretty nicely-balanced with light sweetness throughout.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate:
Not the best Christmas ale I have ever had. Malty aroma with mellow hoppy notes and just a hint of toffee or something similar. Red/brown body. Poor head. A little bit too sweet and pudding like to begin with for me finishing long with some more sweet stuff then some bitterness. Erm... yeah that’s it.
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (obviously). Pours dark brown. Nose/taste is heavy chocolate and black malt, nuts and light cereal grain. Lots of malt. Medium body.
Fin (7012) - 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.
DruncanVeasey (6935) - NUNEATON, Top 24, 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.
bb (6691) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Chestnut beer with a big light tan head. Caramel, nut, and light spice aroma. Caramel, light spice, light earth flavor with faint hops. Medium-light body. Easy drinking. Caramel and some xmas spice linger.
Benzai (6387) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Robson for bringing this. For me this beer has the perfect color. Fantastic dark brown with a deep dark red glow coming through. Large lacy beige head. Smell malts, nuts, raisin and caramel. Taste is just English bitter. Carbo and body ok. Nice beer.
Skinnyviking (6375) - 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.