ianwelby (464) - - 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.
hockeybeerguy (1947) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light foamy lacing graced the sides of the glass.
The smell had a roasty nutty caramel aroma, somewhat like a brown ale. But a nice rich invasive chocolate came through with a light coffee to enliven a bit.
The taste was pretty much the same with a light added vanilla.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was mostly subdued and good for the style and for me.
Overall, English Strong Ale or English Brown Ale, it doesn’t matter to me, it’s good and definitely worthy of having again.
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, nuts, raisins, slight earthy character. Sweet and not worth the cost.
Nisse666 (4166) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra bottle in trade with Theydon_Bois many thx Sir cons 2014-03-22 Göteborg
AR: buttery, red fruits, nutty aroma
AP: dark ruby, frothy cream beige steady head, layered curtains
F: smooth, plum, caramel, wee soft bubbly, medium bitternees, wee soapy feeling,
RichTheVillan (2748) - 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 (8290) - 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 (1026) - 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 (2051) - 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 (3406) - 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 (240) - 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.