gregwilsonstl (919) - Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. No head. Smooth, Tastes like an extract brew. Caramelized. I’m surprised by the alcohol. Slight orange.
RichTheVillan (1910) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Theydon_bois cheers Colin; hazy dark chestnut brown pour with frothy tan head, sweet caramel aroma, taste has plums and dried fruit quite boozy tasting, a hint of wood and autumn leaves.
Theydon_Bois (6398) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, 23/02/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown come light black with a well appointed tan covering.
Nose is tobacco, toffee fudge, cake mix, light cocoa, earthy tones.
Taste comprises dark toffee, tea leaves, musty tones, light cocoa powder
Medium bodied with a little oomph, sof t carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok drop, good level of depth, light booze, fairly easy drinker for the ABV.
gegwilson (495) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Booths in Ripon. Pours mahogany with a tan head. Plenty of flavour going on - this was a rich and vinous ale. Flavours of toffee and pear drop with warming alcohol. A nice bitter sweet beer.
merc7186 (1645) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Funky Yeast, Sour Green Apples
T: Dark Plums, Bitter Apples, Mild Raisins, Yeast
M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Sour, Dry
Overall, a weird yeasty sour ’belgian strong ale’...didnt follow the style and a mild sour ale. A good hit but a miss too.
RobertDale (2832) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with an average biege head. Aroma of fruit, malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is dark fruit, roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and caramel. On the sweet side. Good.
MaltMan88 (10) - Bury, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful initial aromas of dandelion, blackcurrant and malt. Retains a light head slightly off beige in colour with nice lacing. Palate reveals more malt and touch of port wine and more berries.
Sikash (226) - North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark color from tap with minimal off white frothy head. Aroma is malty sweet with grape and fruity notes. Flavor is smoky, malty, dark fruits, with possibly some oak. Mouthfeel feel is a little thin but atill decent. Overall this is an alright beer.
ianwelby (309) - SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark red beer wih a frothy, thick head. Mild smoky aroma. A sweet malt flavour that manages to be quite flavoursome without being especially strong tasting. Some mild fruit taste, grape perhaps.
Not as distinctive as I was expecting from other comments and it’s reputation but maybe that’s just the bottled. The bottle is nice but I’d be keen to try it on tap.
obguthr (3374) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild oak notes. Clear cola colored, medium tan head, good lacing. Very oaky, walnut flavor, subtly sweet and bitter. Hints of marzipan and nougat. Vanilla overtones, which become very pronounced in the finish. Elegant.
seymour (1306) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from big brown bottle into nonic half-pint glasses. Hazy brown with long-lasting beige foam and a little lace. Much deeper colour than I expected. Rich, distinctive English aromas and flavours: sweet grainy nutty malt, caramel, raisins, orange marmalade, stone fruit, flowery/earthy/resiny hops notes. I have a feeling this was an older bottle, the mouthfeel had a pleasant aged/oxidized smoothness. Medium body and carbonation, long-lasting fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious.