SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, - JUL 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really didn't think I'd like this. Thing is, I really don't like Vanilla, especially the smell. Which is why I rate the aroma less than it really deserves. But, try anything once, is my motto when it comes to beer so I gave it a try. Firestoker is quite an apt name, as it certainly is a warming beer. The vanilla is strong enough to stand out, without being offensive, perhaps set off by the slight cherry hint. The only criticism I have of this (bottled) brew is the gassiness - a little too gassy. Still it's a remarkablr beer and firmly on my favourites list
BlackHaddock (4124) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear 500ml bottle, best before Feb 09, drank in Aug 08.
The label claims it is a ’Pale Ale’.
Poured into a straight pint sleeve glass. Light amber in colour, with a good foam blanket of white bubbles sat on top. Slight haze, but not cloudly.
Aroma of candy-floss, but not sickly, just sweet. There is some vanilla in there, but not sure I’d have picked that up without the label leading me to it!
The taste is sweet as well, but a bitterness fights back as you sip the beer and it becomes harsher as the beer warms in the mouth and throat. There is a good hop presence too.
The beer has a drying effect on your mouth, and it made me burp a bit, so plenty of carbonisation I suppose. Can’t call it refreshing, but it is a decent beer and one with a different feel and taste to it compared with most other British Brews.
ralphdot (994) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
5.0% gold colour with a good head, malt and vanilla aroma, vanilla and hop taste, nice beer.
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
23rd May 2008. Very smooth ale - has an almost silky feel. The slight hoppyness is nicely offset by the distinct vanilla streak. Dry finish with a touch of hop bitterness.
larsga (6309) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Biggish offwhite lasting head. Coppery body with light carbonation. Sugary perfumy vanilla fudge aroma, vaguely artificial, with spicy notes. Dry caramel and intense artificial vanilla taste with roasty metallic notes. Unfresh, artificial palate. Mid-bodied. Buttery mouthfeel. Dry metallic roasty wooden aftertaste. Interesting but flawed because unbalanced and artificial. (0.5l bottle, Tesco, London.)
serkoptato (32) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Borostyánszínű, enyhén opálos, tölgyfahordóban érlelt, 5% alkoholtartalmú ale a Burton upon Trent-i Marston’s Brewery-ből. Ízében először mintha egy kis vadmeggy is feltűnne, majd egy igen határozott, de lágy, bársonyos vaníliás-szegfűszeges íz kerül előtérbe. Végezetül igen határozott keserűséggel búcsúzik. És mindez egy kortyon belül! A sörészet egyik (kisebb) csodája.
joe19612 (1925) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a pale golden colour with thick white head. The Aroma is all vanilla, the taste is bitter with a very heavy taste of vanilla. The finish is bitter with a lot of citrus.
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fake red amber, white rim. Aromas caramel, sweet red berry fruit, backround leafiness,faint peardrop, enticing oak. Sweet but drying on the palate. Mostly caramelised redness, battenburg, bread. Nibble of bitterness finish moving into sweet vanilla, oaky biscuit afters. Aromatically malty. Heresy, but reminds me a bit of De Koninck. Murdered and filtered, and without that living yeasty bite, of course. Enjoyable, and so decent for a dead Marstons effort Id almost consider drinking it again.
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2008
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Not sure how much I like the mixture of Vanilla and Oak. Different in taste to a lot of bitters, does not work for me though.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden colour, fast diminishing head. Sugary nose and no maltiness. As afful in flavour with no maltiness. Papery bitter. No malt, no hops. Just adjuncts. It seems.
Finn (4402) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0,5l. Golden colored. A shortlived creamy head clinging to the glass. Strong spicy aroma. Cinnamon? Soft mouthfeel. Flavor of fruit and spice. Bitter finish with a longlived spicy aftertaste. KI=5