Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderful appereance, with a deep brown colour and a huge bubbly head. Malty aroma. The flavour is malty too, sweet, with traces of liquorice and caramel. Quite bitter finish. A bit unbalanced, not very complex, but anyway nice: the best Marston beer I've drunk so far.
adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong and well balanced. A glorious example of the most traditional English ales!
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled: pours with a dark brown hue and a nice thick and frothy head, malts are dominant but there are some interesting fruit notes together with smoked and woody tones, full bodied, very enjoyable.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet, oaty start, dry-ish hoppyness towards the finish, some light peaty and smokey flavours, and a bit of oak, some mollasses in there aswell, not real elegant, but not too bad either. Not overly complex, but it occasionally surprised me on the odd sip.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown,lasting tan head. Good malt nose. Interesting malt palate with light yeast aftertaste
nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kick Ass! Definately one of Marstons finest. Deep dark colour with a great taste and enjoyable fruity notes. Its all a matter of taste really as I think the lack of masses hoppy bitterness is definately a plus. Great beer.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby red-black clear under a small short lasting pale head. Yeasty spicy roast malt with faint touch of wood and caramel aroma. Medium smooth luscious body. Sweet black coffee cola and roasted malt flavours. Not very hoppy. Soft almost weak finish and cola sweet fading to light bitter roasted malt aftertaste.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Monstrously thick (OG= 1080!) ruby-black ale with not much head, or carbonation, and tons of spicy hop flavour. I couldn’t taste much of the ’explosion of rich fruit flavours’ that they talk about on the label, more like an explosion of raw wort flavours, with not much of a finish, and not nearly as much complexity as you would expect from a beer of this strength. Scores points for the (apparently) true-to-life picture of pipe-smoking hiker-berating old farmer dude.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Served in a pint glass and cellar temperature (15.4° Celsius exactly). The colour is black, with a brownish white head - appearance reminiscent of Old Peculiar. Strong aroma, overpowering alcohol aroma - not much else comes through. Fruity, alcohol & sweet flavour.
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as famous nor as well balanced as Old Peculiar or Old Speckled Hen, this is none the less a decent quality old style beer.