sm89walt (1972) - 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.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin head. Flavor of citrus, apple? Slightly sour and wasn’t all there.
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served cellar cool in a tulip. Very dark brown with a tan head that soon disappeared. One of those beers that is like fruit cake in a glass: Raisins predominate at first, but as you imbibe, more complex rounded prune and date flavours come through. A delicious winter sipper.
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, ripe apples, subtle butterscotch and some flowery hops. Taste is light sweet, quite full bodied, with a moderately strong bitterness that makes way for a frankly nasty alcoholic astringency. The aftertaste is butterscotch, apples and raisins. Not enough complex flavour to carry the weight of the abundantly evident ABV.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6837) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a nut brown color with a medium sized tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart grapefruit, sour plum and some sugar. The flavor was bitter, tart and sour apples with notes of sour cherries, grapefruit and a touch of vinegar. The finish was long, sour and tart. Medium body. Disappointing.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Denmark, September 2009. Dark red with a huge, foamy tan head. Both aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, lots of ripe fruit. Nice but a bit one dimensional.
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, tan head.
Faint aroma, alcohol.
Sweet dark fruit, raisins dry bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol taste.
Heavy with some carbonation.
Nice but too much alcohol and a little too heavy.
planky84 (2875) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a beige head. Rich nose of raisins, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Chocolate, raisin and a little coffee flavour. Dry, smoky-bitter finish.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber-red with a small off-white head. Aroma is rather sweet with notes of caramel, raisins, and burnt fruit. Flavor is very cloying but not horrible - toffee, brunt sugar with a bitter and doughy finish. Light to medium bodied.
JohnRMurdoch (4408) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle as a present. Grassy malty aroma. Medium brown colour, not much head. Chocolate toffee malt flavour. Slightly sickly sweet aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.