madmitch76 (14501) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11th September 2013
Opaque dark brown beer with a good tan head. Smooth malt, a little cream. It’s run through with minerally carbonation. Whispers of marmite, toffee and a little spice. Finishes smooth. A superior malty beer.
peter48er (180) - 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 (722) - 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 (1911) - 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 (1387) - 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 (680) - 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 (2065) - 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 (2571) - 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 (362) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - 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 (5179) - 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.