martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours chestnut brown with a transient tan head . aroma is malty and caramel . taste is malty toffee with a burnt sugar bitterness at finish . High carbonation and watery mouthfeel lets it down
Fatehunter (2053) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Copper to dark brown color with barely any head.
Smells of hay, mild caramel and musty malt.
Packs a malt punch, but retains a lighter body. Sweet, like overripe plum. Malt all the way through. Despite a relatively low ABV there is a little alcohol heat to it.
Lots of bubbles but not very carbonated. A sticky texture, clings to the mouth.
A great winter warmer sipper. Dark and sweet.
erickok (5024) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, thin creamy head. Yoghurt, toasted white bread, pecan nuts and lychee. Special and refined. Very English, too. Smooth body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice mouth feel with some alcoholic residue. Medium bitter with a bit of fermented fruit. Dry, full ending. Nice brew, high quality. (50cl bottle, reasonably priced)
stravale (2723) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown, tan frothy head that dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - dark caramel malts...dark fruits...some soft spicy hops...yeast...touch of flinty minerals
Tatste of rich dark caramel malts, molasses, some dark rich toffee, dark rich fruits, light fruit cake spice, soft spicy hops, juicy dark malts, good smooth dark winter warmer flavour
Palate - medium body, quite viscous, very smooth, light spicy bitterness. Finish has some warming alcohol, smooth fruity malts, background of bitter spicy hops and a slight mineral tang.
Overall Tasty winter warmer / old ale....better than expected
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.
jkwood04 (5190) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle in an English pint. Pours ruby/brown with a thick, lacy, light tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and toast, plus light floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Decent but something is off with this beer.
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Medium body, light fruity notes, red berries. Taste...Syrup, raspberries. Long bitter sticky finish. A classic winter warmer.
Minderbinder (3173) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red, not sure of the head (poor pouring?). Aroma is of malt. Taste: alchool, bitterness with roasted malts. Full bodied. Very well balanced, high drinkability. I like that stuff.
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry red wood with a thick creamy lasting full tan head. Smell of grapes, s
fresh plums, rasin and roast with a light sense of alcohol. Frothy medium sticky body. Sweet start with bitter lasting finish. Malt, fruits, caramel. Rye and warming alcohol. Earthy. Complex but strong.
sm89walt (1902) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Poured a lively deep brown with an initial one finger, though fading, loose & fizzy off-white to beige head. Caramel, nuts, cakey dark fruits and woody, tobacco tones on the nose. Dried fruits, cakey malts, tobacco, nuts & wood on the tongue. Finished with a dryish bittersweetness. Medium body, though with that empty pasteurised quality. A well carbonated, lively mouthfeel with a short to medium length malty bitterness. For a pasteurised English beer it’s alright despite itself; the darker malts hide the more obvious pasteurised characteristics.