peter48er (177) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a deep black colour with a short lived head. Alcohol is very prominent as you might expect from a 7.3% beer. I got caramel with a hint of bubblegum and roast coffee in the mouth. A lovely warming swallow makes this beer one to drink on a dark, windy autumn evening. How much the taste owes to the 1884 recipe or the involvement of Garret Oliver is an interesting question.
MalcolmTucker (642) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.
crazyvin (1839) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice medium brown body, slightly opaque with an off white head. Aroma was a mix of chocolate malts and some roasted malts. Mild hop presence. Initial flavor had a nice sweet flavor, which gave way to a nice and bitter flavor which came from the malts and a nice roasted flavor. It was clearly different from a stout, but it did have some familiar characteristics. Finish was slightly dry, but mostly smooth. Easy to drink.
minutemat (740) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle drunk on the train gazing out at sheep, and a few cows. Some horses too I think. But mostly sheep. For some reason I always thought beer in 1884 tasted like bitter mud. If this is anything to go by I’ve been a bit mislead. No wonder they drank so much of the stuff back then. Dark fruits, mild bitterness and a fruitness that bubbles to the front while chocolate malt embers burn quietly at the back. Quite an alcohol kick as well at 7.3%. Very nice beer.
foxo82 (636) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s via Joneso. Dark reddish black with a sweet fruitcake aroma. Taste is sweet - but not too sweet - grassy malt with licorice. Drinkable for the ABV.
Lukaduke (1679) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich deep caramel color with a finger or two of eggshell foam. The nose is round with soft toffee, taffy, caramel and a trace of grass and cocoa dust. Palate is full and rich and follows the nose nicely with a great fuzzy carbonation that dries out nicely on the back end with a bit of bitterness to keep it clean and enjoyable !
callmemickey (2090) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body, medium sized light tan head, spotty lacing. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and tobacco. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, light bitterness, earthy, light bitterness.
Hanoi (282) - - AUG 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is slight hop, toast, slight smoke, a slightly displeasing metallic note. Taste is sweet, light chocolate, blackcurrant, licorice, cola a touch of lemon leading to a suprisingly delicate sweet malt finish with a slight undercut. Taste is a little thin. Mouthfeel is not thick enough for me.
A reasonable beer which does not do much for me in the bottle. I would like to try it draft.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle from Sainsbury’s. Absolutely love it. This is my kind of beer. I’m going back for some more. Good malt flavours, with a touch of Port. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant rough edge from the hops. Not assertive - just added for interest and balance. The main game is the malt.
Niall73 (917) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. bb 29 july 2014. pours a dark brown, pretty dense. treacly dark toffee aroma. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Very sweet, treacly, choc, touch of coffee, rich sweet malt loaf, booze. Bit of citrusy stuff at the finish. Nice.