duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Well thanks to silktork for bringing this, because i would never have bought it otherwise, i’v e only ever seen really old wierd looking men drinking this before. This was very sweet. Full on maple syrup, raisin sweetness, very flat mouthfeel, syruppy sweet mouthfeel. Yes there is a lot of flavour for a beer with 2.8%ABV, but that doesn’t make it good.
presario (4799) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plum and raisin aroma, slightly sour if too chilled. Minimal head. Nice dark brown, thin around the sides. Thin as expected from the alcohol %. Flavour is a pleasant surprise. Very nice sweet light fruit flavour with fruit and touches of chocolate in the finish. The flavour to alcohol % ratio is very good.
JonMoore (1963) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with no head. Sweet brown ale, chocolate and burnt malt. Highly carbonated. Weak as you like. I don’t think I’ll bother again.
skortila (4715) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet malty caramel aroma. Clear, brown coloured with no head. Just a lttle brown foam. Taste is initially slightly sweet, malty. Watery, not much taste, some bitterness.
TheBeerGod (5455) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Courtesy of SilkTork. Consumed at Cross Keys in London. Body is a dark brown and ruby blend with a small brown head. Nose is grainy with cocoa, light anise, light maple and an odd aroma of what I believe to be dogfood. It’s wasn’t as bad as it sounds! Taste is cocoa, sweet malts, some brown sugar and sucrose. Body is syrupy and creamy. Sticky feel. Finish is a cream and chocolate mix. Definitely different!
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 12. This bottled brew from SilkTork in London poured a nice head that left behind a good lacing. The body contained carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild dark molasses. Its mouth feel was smooth and mild. Its flavor contained sweet dark malt notes.
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Little alcohol. Dark brown, black. It tastes hollow. Little bit sweet, but mostly bitter. Nice on a hot summer night if you’re not into real beer.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Malty and cardboard aroma. Sweet malty and some wood flavor. Carbonated and opaque in appearance. Smooth mouthfeel.
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015
Sept, 2002: Typical granny ale for sure - weak and sweet with chocolate flavours, yet very yummy! A mix of mild and milk stout. A classic example of the bottled milds that were called brown ales in Southern England in the first half of the 20th century. This is a little gem with bags of flavour, but the sweetness would prevent it being suitable as a session beer. [3.4]
Sept, 2004: Wine. Chocolate. Fizzy cardboard. Gentle sweetness. Roasty notes. Great fun and very enjoyable. [3.4]
Jan, 2015 500ml brown bottle, filtered, from Tesco. Lots of flavour. A refreshing and very drinkable sweet dark beer. Light mouthfeel. Nothing wrong with this. A little gem. True classic. [3.5]
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sorry Silk, this may be a rare example of a all but vanished (and it’s easy to see why) old style, but I just don’t like it. The best element is the colour - deep, dark, garnet. After that, it’s all downhill. Packed with oxidised, cardboard aromas, typical of pasteurised bottled beer. The flavour is sweet malt (almost like malt extract), but woody at the same time, with a medicinal tang in the background. Drinkable (just), but I won’t be trying this again. Bottled.