jercraigs (9154) - 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 (9066) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Deep dark brown beer, creamy tan head. Swwet and toasty malts, dried fruit, pear/plums, dried cherry, raspberry and some soft malty molasses. A bit of ginger of light nutty candied flavour. Softly sweet on the finish. Warming brew, perfect for cooler days. Lovely beer.
MoritzF (9041) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Clear, ruby brown colour with a big and beige foamy head. Toasty malty aroma with earthy notes, caramel and liquorice, accompanied by subtle fruity and herbal spicy hops. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a calm carbonation. Toast-malty, slightly earthy taste with liquorice, a tinge of chocolate and subtle fruity notes in the background; roasty bitter finish with lingering notes of dark chocolate. Very pleasant dark and strong Ale. 10.XII.10
DocLock (8989) - 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.
BVery (8913) - 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.
Fin (8864) - 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.
MartinT (8855) - 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.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A dark brown coloured beer with a short lived tan coloured head. The aroma is fruity with plums and prunes. Alcohol and wood also. A little chocolate in the fruity vinuous, warming taste. A good tasty beer which doesn’t suffer at all for the pasteurization, but then the maltier beers don’t.
Camons (8742) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Studenterbaren, Århus. Pours brown with a fading offwhite head. Aroma of malt, coffee, licorice, spice. Flavor is malt, light coffee notes, licorice, wood, light fruity, spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. 161113