imdownthepub (10578) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 500ml from The Co-Op in Alcomb, Somerset. Hazy amber with slight head. This is a heavily sweetened beer, honeyed, toffee flavours on a fruity malt. Plummy alcohol notes. Itís ok, but expected a little more.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - BCA; heavily sedimented. Amber/Brown in colour. Very Malty; toasty malts, toffee, honey. Fruity; raisins. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Very sweet malty fruity throughout; honey quite prominent in taste. Very drinkable.
madmitch76 (15840) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
14th January 2012
Hazy amber beer, small cream coloured head. Crispy and dry palate. A little brandyish alcohol. Mild dried fruits. Trace of caramel. Dry alcohol finish but no real alcohol heat. Not terrible but lacks finesse.
tampierre (827) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 0.5l ; Devon ; UK ; Malty, honey, fruity and resin aroma ; Light brown color with no head ; Sweet taste and smooth bitter finish ; Strong but pretty good.
Quack-Duck (8032) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from somewhere in Devon. Hazy brown colour, large off-white head. Malty base, lots of resiny hops, herbal, slightly medicinal. Lingering bitter-sweet finish.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
High alcohol content, but neither too sweet nor too heavy. had this with Christmas dinner, so went well with rich meat and heavy fruit pudding! Echoed the raisins, slight hints of treacle, but also a nice bitter edge and clean bitter finish.
martinrumsam (540) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
0.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I must have got a real bad bottle. Murky muddy brown zero head metallic and cardboard taste. A real bad one. Will have to give it another try. Was really looking forward to this.
jamesie1857 (1458) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2013 500ml bottle from Brewery this time last year (seems my original rating disappeared) - Hazy russett pour, lots of head, little bit of floating sediment which settles. Very grapey boozy nose, similar to a cognac without the harshness. Rich ripe body, long warm aftertaste. Great.
oh6gdx (20827) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@Chriso. Amber colour, big white head. Aroma is fruity and floral with some grassy notes. Flavour is bready, fruity, floral and some mild dry wooden and herbal notes. Pleasant. Hides the ABV very well.
BlackHaddock (4028) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The brewery produce a beer called íhalf boreí: this is twice the strenght! The beer is supposed to be served cool, so as Iíve only just plonked it down from my beer fridge Iíll write a bit more to allow it to change from a bit cold to cool. The label claims Goldings and Boadicea hops are used, the Boadicea being a late addition to give its íhigh Alpha contentí a chance to make the beer have a smooth bitter finish. Hold on there is also local Devon Honey and Golden Syrup in the brew, so it might be a bit sweet as well? OK, time to crack open the bottle.
This is a bottle conditioned beer, so I poured it carefully into my Abbots Ale glass tankard so as not to disturb any sediment.
The beer poured a beautiful, clear, chestnut red, bright and shiny: on top a majestic crown of white foam, the head stayed and provided a lacing as heavy and thick as Iíve ever witnessed.
The aromas where of un-sweetened molasses and yeast, some pine hop esters along with an alcoholic presence that is hard to explain but is clearly there with some beers. Not the nasty super lager alcohol over-hit, this seemed classier and more controlled if you can follow my thoughts.
The taste is malts all the way: until the mouth begins to dry, then a hop bitterness arrives. Even during the bitterness stages of each sip a hint of sweetness (the honey and syrup) is never far away and the alcohol content doesnít hide a great deal either.
I really liked the beer, a little too much alcohol for the flavours maybe, but Iím being unkind, this is a great winters brew: A roaring fire and a few mates, this beer would go down a treat: as it did tonight as I drank it alone!