JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear cherrywood coloured beer with a thin lasting off white head. Aroma is rich, malty and has a slight burnt edge flavour is similar.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks and smells good, with rich caramel malt and a bit of wood. I found the bitterness a bit too raw and unintegrated, which was probably exacerbated by a light body. I’d love to try this from the cask to compare - I think it would be smoother and better.
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown ale with a thick light moka head. Light caramel malt aroma. In mouth, a woody nutty malt with light hops, and light chocolate and diacetyl. Medium bodied. BB 28 Jul 2005. Bottle bought in Halifax, March 2005.
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby body, lasting light tan head and some wisps of lacing. Soft burnt caramel aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, milk chocolate, some liquorice or fennel, a touch of smoke which sort of lingers in your mouth, pleasant hop bitterness on the long finish. A high rating session beer for me.
DuffMan (6514) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2009 From the bottle (originally I had rated the cask version here by mistake in 2006): pours a dark burnt-orange colour. Quite a smoky aroma, with notes of chocolate and sherry. As I experienced with the cask version, this had all the flavours of a lovely old-school porter-- slighly smoky charred malt, dark toffee, shery-like vinous fruit, and a very bitter finish. Really terrific, and comparing my notes to the cask version I had three years ago, this bottled rendition carried more smoky and roasty elements.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle, dark brown with a large frothy head. A rich malty aroma - biscuity. Caramal is prominent in the flavour, though I found it a bit too carbonated.
johninmelb (1124) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Rich, dark toasty nose. This brewery knows (nose?) how to make a beer smell good! Rich and dark colour with a very firm head and persistant lacing. Flavour is deep toasted barley with plenty of aniseed and cocoa, without veering into stout territory. Lingers well with some reaffirming alcohol, although still just a little bit thin. Overall, a very nice dark ale and one I’ll have again.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Very dark brown with a reddish hue and a tall and lacing head. Dark, malty notes. Markedly bitter with a discreet underlying sweetness. Has the sort of "ashy" dryness so often found in stouts which the beer closely resembles. Not bad, just not really up my alley. 141002
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown. Quite malty, marmite, whiff of smoke, roasted bread, logn balancing finish. Medium-full body, pleasent soft mouthfeel.
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Morrisons.Best of the selection bought. A very good beer with roast and caramel taste.