Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts/grain/bread, coffee), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
A solid brown ale. Nice malt character, clean, and well-balanced.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Feburary 2010 - my 500ml bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep clear ruby with a large fluffy lasting beige pancake batter head. Dry and roasty aroma, with chocolate, dried/candied fruit, some alcohol and a nice balancing floral bitterness. The taste is primarily the dried fruit and pungent floral bitterness, with background cocoa and mid-level alcohol. Average body, very mildly astringent, decently carbonated and a sweetish, floral finish. Pretty damned good and drinkable!
Benzai (5826) - 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.
larsga (5821) - 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.)
Svesse (5716) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Dark ruby colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, nutty nose with notes of dark fruit and wild berries. Malty taste with dark fruit, dark rye bread, chocolate, nuts and a balanced bittersweet finish. Medium body with a rounded, smooth malt character. Fairly sweet. An excellent example of a nice winter warmer.
downender (5662) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a moderate off-white head. Powerful aroma of sweet malt with supporting nuttiness. Flavour had plenty of dark fruit, marzipan, nuts and some hops in the finish. Very good.
marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a nutty aroma. There is a nutty smoked malt flavor with a very dry finish that sticks to the palate. Pretty tasty.
blankboy (5625) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a clear deep orange-amber with an average size bubbly off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Flavour of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, light earthy hops and nuts. Decent average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good, I’d happily have this again.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in standard English no-nik pint glass: A deep ruby brown hue with a creamy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and biscuity malt, chestnut, fig and candied fruit cake with a bit of cardboard. The taste is mildly fruity over a layer of sweet bready malts and a finish of moderate cardamom and wintergreen. Some classic hop bitterness and even some sourness shows up on the aftertaste. The mouth feel is bright and sharp but needs more body . A nice fruity bitter but is hardly strong.
KnutAlbert (5571) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Very dark ruby. Rich, malty and spicy. Very English. For cakes, puddings and nuts.