jackl (5608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ The Willow Walk. The pour’s deep brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is nuts, light chocolate and caramel. Some mild cracked black pepper. The taste is cocoa, red berry, some chocolate cake, roasted grain and brown sugar. Hints of roasted tobacco. Smooth malt body, slightly astringent finish. Overall, not bad, not great.
cgarvieuk (17016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask at sordeer ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft dark malts ... light plum roast ... sweet roast ... mellow malts ... light coffee roast ... very soft and smooth ... very nice
Lubiere (11004) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear dark amber ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a smooth vinous malt with light corky notes, light vanilla and bourbon, nice. In mouth, a rather strange sweet fruity and sour ale with light wild yeast, Brett notes, cork, cherries, interesting. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.
NikkTwist (1968) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Dark red brown with a droopy tan head. Caramel. Rotting black cherries. Bit of earthy sour funk. Raisins. Black raspberries. Very interesting notes for a J. W. Lees. Not what I was expecting. Dark syrupy goodness.
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. Clear brown beer, Frothy tan head. Soft palate and dry rich malt, soft and sweet. Finishes semi dry. Tasty sweet malty beer.
tombyars (1458) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1990, last review Paisley Beer Festival in April 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Very dark mahogany in colour with russet tints and a thin creamy buff head. Strong vinous notes with apple, plums and leather notes in the extensive aroma. Robust creamy texture to the mouthfeel and good lacing. Complex mixed malts give a rich moist maltloaf base with strong vinous fruit flavours of green apple, damsons, syrupy prunes and sweet molasses. There is a big earthy hop prickle in the full, dusty, dry aftertaste and this compliments the heavy malt well. Finish is rich and vinous with dry cask, old leather, liquorice and an alcoholic/ cough syrup type burr flavour catching the back of the throat. This is an old, traditional style of Barley Wine and when on form - it is complex and moreish. Superb stuff.
FatPhil (10674) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (CWAF2012, Thurs)
Stodgy aroma, a touch pungent. Mellows to be more roasty, almost chocolatey. Swee, almost underattenuated. Warming sipper. I prefered the older-feeling nature of the bottled version I’ve had a couple of times.
jredmond (6151) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at rattle n hum with baron and streets. Pours an amber body. Aroma is light spicy and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is way too thin with notes of booze, sweet malts, bland ehhhhh.
invinoveritas (39) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
From cask at beer festival. Quite dark and viscous with a thin head. Notes of fusel oil on the nose, along with some grain. On tasting, some caramel notes are detectable, but it tastes excessively alcoholic (for the ABV) and, moreover, very harsh. Actively unpleasant.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask, gravity, at St Neots Beer Festival ’11. Dark reddish brown. Strong earthy malt aroma. Taste has some background sweetness, but it’s mostly rough, tough, leathery, and to be honest slightly unpleasant. Sharp bitterness.