mabuzzer (557) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Not much aroma, some malt and a little metallic. Taste is great, malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of liquorice
Mindwarp (167) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a porter/stout color with not much head. Very weak dark fruit aroma, sweet. Taste is sweet malts and dark fruit. Overall a really drinkable beer that I enjoyed. Lower rating is mostly due to lack of aroma.
sinfull (1400) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black in color , medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of caramel , chocolate , berries , some vanilla. Rich taste of raisins , chocolate , caramel, toffee , fruits. Smooth , warming aftertaste. I didn't expect such a good beer!
prawlie (1496) - ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle bought at Sainsbury. Very dark with a decent foamy head. Lots of malt, in the aroma, I like! Nice deep malty flavour with great body, overall a well rounded beer. Good stuff that could make you think it was a doppelbock if you were served it in Germany. Didn’t think we made beers like this in England but I’m glad we do.
zimbo (890) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Struggling old school breweries could learn an awful from Lees and Manchester Star Ale. Instead of being all trendy hipster geeky going back to old recipes and have produced this absolute beauty. Dark to black with reddish highlights the nose is old school but its the long complex flavour is just divine. Dark chocolate, plum, spice and dark fruit wrapped in a suave silky classy glove. Devine, and everything which Old Peculier should be but isn’t. Love it.
superspak (4563) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/27/2010. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, raisin, plum, light cocoa, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding English porter style. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. This held up very well for it’s age considering the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark red tinged brown coloured beer with a latte coloured head. A dark malt aroma, treacle, dark chocolate, nutty, woody and vanilla spice. Dry mouthfeel. A bittersweet taste, smooth malty flavours, treacle, chocolate, woody vanilla spice, then a mild bitterness in the background that comes from a fruity hop flavour. The finish is dry, but smooth and chocolatey.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany brown with 5mm of medium-coarse yellowish tan head. Moderate rate of decay. Aroma is light caramel, roasted blackberry, lightly salted dough. Body is oily, slightly watery/gritty. Very light carbonation, soft. Flavor is light light caramel, salted and mild dough, bread. Very clean. light pear. Great English strong ale, I love how clean it is and the doughy breadiness. Yum!!
AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Crafty Pint in Darlington.
Appearance - black olive in colour and general shininess. Big fawn head.
Nose - treacle sponge with light burnt orange note.
Taste - marmalade then liquorice. Slightly nutty too.
Palate - medium bodied with a big dry and tangy texture and a dry finish. Actually it does slightly fall off a cliff at the end.
Overall - yeah good beer which drinks easily for the big ABV.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque dark brown similar to a stout, but not black. Well below average head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of dark fruit (plum, fig), sweet chocolate, slightly burnt molasses and just a hint of alcohol. The nose is similar to that of an Olde or Scott Ale, but lighter - as is the flavor profile. Light medium body with a hint of slickness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, very complex and masterfully balanced. The beginning to middle is a blend of flavors that slowly fade allowing subsequent identification. All flavors of the nose are present and basically cascade from burnt molasses to dark fruit and then into a light bitterness followed by a chocolate note and associated sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol and a bit of hop and alcohol bite.