faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Dark brown colour. Nice fruity aroma with dark malt. The flavour has a deep maltiness with fruits, caramel, bit of chocolate and a mild bitter finish.
Rune (10005) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, half pint at Crosse Keys (JDW) in London, shared with Finn. Clear, deep dark brown body. Beige head, some of it remaining. Dark malty aroma with hints of almond. Malty flavours as well, including nuts, caramel and anise. Roasted bitter ending. Medium bodied. Fits the season (30.11.2015).
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are very vinous with burnt toast and toffee with black currants and strawberry. Molasses with bready cookie dough. Flavours are fruity and sweet with dry and spicy red wine notes. Viscous with a warming palate. A proper winter brew.
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 20/01/2004
Dark coloured with some alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Warming smooth malt finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Lion Inn, Nottingham 12/12/2006
Fruity aroma. Dark coloured fruity slightly rich on the palate and spicy. Crisp slightly warming smooth roast finish.
Fin (8857) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Merton Winter Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added from diary notes) A dark strong beer, slight aroma of caramel very smooth and warming. Very good winter ale.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Cask conditioned handpump Crosse Keys London. A mahogany coloured beer with a little off-white coloured head. A boozy sweetish aroma with caramel notes, as well as some nuts and raisins. The taste is similar. Nice wintery fruits and some coal. A good length and a very tasty beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Live@The Felix, Nuneaton, 06/12/13. Sulphured nose easing into conifer, sprout and aniseed blandness. Syrup body with generic Bateman’s brown bitter aniseed and cooked dark sugar. An especially drain-like nose. Heady and drab.
allmyvinyl (7763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the White Lady. Surprisingly pale red-brown pour, expected a darker beer. Some chocolate on the nose, otherwise just "malty". Taste is sweet, finish is sweet. I wouldn’t go so far as to say "lyrically". I would say it was "watery" instead. OK.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump), Lord Moon of the Mall, Whitehall. A tasty, if relatively restrained, winter warmer. Plummy fruit, smooth caramel malt, nutty nuances with enough spicy hop to provide balance. Ticks all the right boxes without being too ostentatious. A fine specimen.
downender (7392) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol 16/12/09. Medium brown in colour with a slight, tan head. Sweet aroma of prunes, dates, nuts and spice, with a touch of earthiness. Flavour was also sweet, with more fruit and nuts, some chocolate and a decent bitter finish. A good winter warmer.