sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 (Bottled) Nice, dark reddish brown color with very small, quite tight, beige head. Mild, sweetish, roasted-malty aroma with hints of syrup, licorice and coffee. Sweet and malty, caramely and chocolatey flavor with a sweet, toffeeish and slightly bitter finish. Sugary, oily, medium-bodied, slightly warming palate with quite high but soft carbonation. The almost cloying sweetness pretty much ruins this strong ale, but at least it’s slightly more bearable when drank straight from the fridge - as the bottle suggests.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(16 Jan 04) Warming alcoholic nose of toasted malt with buttery notes. Dark ruby body that looks almost purple in the light. It has a large, dense, creamy off-white head. The body is rich with a heavy sweetness reminiscent of Chelsea Golden Syrup, and finishes lightly bitter with a slightly astringent feel.
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 From a Bottle.A very poor experience for me,bland and stewed,it must have been off.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Bottle, 2004-01-05, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Dark color. Caramel nose; sweet liquorice taste, malty. Easy, not complex, but pleasant to drink.
Cask at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen, 2005-12-03, 5-3-6-3-12=29
Dark color with ruby hue. Too light aroma. Malty taste but simple.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer gives you the initial nose of raisins and plums. The colour is that welcoming deep coppery claret with a good creamy head. This is a big bitter beer with a good chewy date flavour.
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong with caramel (and quite strong in alcohol, for an old ale), rich with warm flavors (fruits, roasted malt). Balanced and delicious; my favorite Marston's to date. It's good to see that they put at least this one in a DARK bottle!
imdownthepub (9160) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, Pateurised. Dark red beer with thick chunky lasting head. Lovely smooth rich treacely flavours, almost port wine like, red grapes and plums, sweet malts, a very decent bottled beer (brown bottle!!!)
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well its as cold as it gets here (4 C ) and this was a beer for the occassion. Deep red body with an off white heat. Heady fumes of fruit malt and molasses issue forth. This is a good strong ale, malty with plums and other fruit to the fore and a slightly malty finish. Not real complex but good anyway.
RichardGretton (4109) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer almost black with a stout style head. Very oatmeal aroma and a malty oatmeal flavour. A very complex beer,and a very good beer. A great example of an English ale.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
not sure if it was a bad bottle but it's not the sort of beer that should go off in a hurry. fat head, full fat, sweet flavours - burnt rockmelon, burnt peach. just didn't work for me, no nice hops to get rid of that cloying feeling