Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear dark brown wit ruby highlights and cm thick ivory head which was quick to disappear.
Aroma: Raisin, caramel/toffee, bread, liquorice, slightly vinous, stewed fruit/fruit cake.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, dried fruit, caramel, sweet but slightly bitter finish with subtle alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very good. This rating is for the 7.4% ABV bottled version.
longcasepaul (7) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very strong proper english ale,very dark,very flat,very strong,think liquid christmas cake,very fruity with a long bitter finish.excellent bottled ale.
jmgreenuk (4272) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin frothy tan head. The aroma is big roast and a hint of yeast with some burnt treacle. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth liqourice, slightly alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. This was a lovely heart-warming beer and perhaps one of the best I’ve ever had from Marstons.
jduck1979 (8) - Whitby, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looked alright, smelled alright, tasted alright..... but wouldn’t recommend consuming on a regular basis, especially if you’re a bit of a lightweight / not used to drinking as this stuff is evil (but in a good way) as one bottle’s enough to get you feeling pished, and pretty rough.
BalkanMac (37) - Belgrade, - SEP 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle in Bow, London. Dark, cola coloured, no head retained. Aroma of liquorice primarily, and dried fruit. Flavour sourish cola at first, then developing to big, warm sweet malt, dried fruit, alcohol pepper. Aftertaste slightly sticky, fig syrup, burntness. A decent drop, though not my favourite at this strength.
RichTheVillan (2770) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from B&M Bargains; mahogany brown pour with velvety beige head, sweet stewed fruit aroma, quite sweet fruity taste, malts, a hint of grass, caramel, bitter finish, ABV present. Not bad.
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit wenig Schaum. Ausschließliches Blockmalzaroma. Süßer, sehr süßer, ja geradezu klebriger Malzgeschmack mittlerer Würze. Wo bleibt da der Hopfen als Gegenpart? Nicht gut!
ReV2 (143) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep reddish mahogany colour, lifeless and thin for a beer of this strength. Now 7.4% and a shadow of its former self. Once a superb barley wine, now a beer tasting of alcohol, some hops and burnt toffee. Purchased from B&M Bargains at a discount price, understandably.
krodger (1) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I bought a couple bottles of this stuff on a trip to England based purely on the name. I figured that with a name like that (same as my last name, with the spelling intact), it had to be good, right? I invited my dad and two brother over to give it a try. I have to say it was probably one of the worst beers I have ever tasted, and it took great effort on all of our part just to finish the one bottle!
We all found it to be very "syrupy" and not at all what we were expecting.
That being said, I would like to try it again. Maybe I got a bum bottle. Plus that was about 20 years ago. Maybe tastes have changed. I guess I will have to wait until my next trip to England.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initial aroma is strong sweet fruity alcohol, like day-old dregs in a port bottle. Thankfully, this dissipates quickly, leaving sweet malt, raisins, Xmas cake, bread. First sips taste overly alcoholic, but it calms a bit as it warms. Overall, a well-made beer and drinkable but too sweet for me to want another.