DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 Almost stout-like deep ruby with a creamy, yellowed head. Smells a bit like Vimto; honey, blackcurrant and chocolate also there. Quite silky, audibly prickling with carbonation, head fizzes out in seconds. Flavour has licorice, caramel sweetness, chewy dark fruits, Kasteel Donker and a great big slug of booze. Slightly roasted finish. A beer that unfolds its secrets as it warms. Going to try and stand up now.
cgarvieuk (13933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A deep dark red in colour, with a light caramelly malt nose, but flavour is a bit clawing strong malt.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a fabulous winter beer - like a spiced fruitcake in a bottle. Rich, fruity, balanced by the dark roasted notes. Tastes great afterwards too - very satisfiying strong ale.
Gethinbeer (2114) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 From bottle. Musky, honey aroma with a slight hint of caramel and berries. Deep red in colour with a practically no head at all. Syrupy taste. Blackcurrant flavour with a nice carb. Rich flavour. Little to rich for me and a little dull. It is strong in alcohol but just missing something special. <June 2008> Well have to say completely different rating this time. Again a very rich ale with hints of berries and fruit. Smooth rich tasty ale. Enjoyable.
scotty (1040) - SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this after the appaling Peeterman Artois, and its a case of chalk & cheese. This has so much flavour, rich and slightly sweet, a wonderful balance of malt and hoppy fruit. Good chestnut colour with a good offwhite head, ends with a satisfying lingering finish, classy stuff! Bottle from Morrisons.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Dodgy Deli, Cowly Rd. Dark ruby with a small cap of dense light tan. Suede leather, minty sweetness, green hay. Burnt caramel, touch of chocolate and mint, musky attic notes. Rather sweet, but the roast and fairly bright carbonation provide balance. Pretty decent, though a by the half-pint mark its a bit tiring.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (BB Dec 07). Suprisingly good first off. Light roasted malts (liquoricey treacle) with raisiny malt and caramel, even a little earthy hop. Sweetish body but with a little roasty dryness. Unfortunately the body is thin with metallic carbonation. Well worth a try but the bottling process hasnt done this any favours.
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber colour, short small head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops and some nuttiness. Flavour is heavy on fruitiness, some raisins, moderate sweet roasty caramel, bit nutty, moderate roasty maltiness. Dry, moderate bitter very sweet finish.
harrisoni (13174) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Cask & Glass, Tonbridge, the best offy in East Kent. BBE Dec 07. Rich ruby colour with thin beige head. Not sure what I expected from this. Syrupy malt with some peppery hop aroma. Rich fruit. However in the mouth you can still tell that it is pasteurised due to that awful candy sugar, boiled sweet flavour. Raisiny malt finish is good, nice fruit and a decent hop presence. Fine beer for the winter, the alcohol doesn’t make it harsh, so it does show some adeptness. Like GarethYoung I thought that it was a bit empty in the palate.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle from BeersofEurope] Big malty aroma, raisins, orange peel, spicey, alcohol. well bodied but feels a little vacuous and the palate is marred by some tinny notes.