richc (231) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is malty with a hint of tart cherry and a bunch of dark fruit. Fig and raisin perhaps. There is a touch of warming alcohol as well.
Head disappeared very fast.
The combination of taste and aroma is great, the aroma is backed by chocolate and sweetness balanced with a touch of clean bitterness.
Palette is viscous and almost chewy
Over all this is a great beer, I wish it was easier to get hold of.
BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown bottle, 500ml, best before mid Dec 2007, drank 1st Feb 2007.
Poured into two Corsendonk glasses, more for me, less for the wife.
Ruby Red, almost port like in colour, but not as thick. Good tanned head, left for the rim of the glass fairly swiftly though.
Plum or Christmas pudding in aroma, sweetness also comes through in waves.
The taste is a bit too sweet for me, the Christmas fruits from the aroma come along, which only adds to the rich almost sickly flavour.
Burnt caramel, and the Christmas feel give the sweetness to much leeway and the resultant mouthfeel is also too sweet for my liking.
7.6%, too sweet, but a half before bed, would not be a problem.
Wolfbass (807) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nel complesso non è male, ma alla lunga può davvero stancare. Comunque va bene per una serata in compagnia...
worldbeertaste (1360) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Strong Red colour with a quick disappearing fizzy dark brown head. Smell of roast malt, caramel. Typical smell of a bitter. No alcohol on the nose considering the abv. Medium frothy oily body. Slightly grainy. Strong red fruit, cherries, berries, and plums taste. Sweet caramel malt, woody bittersweet finish. Some alcohol with some gut warming elements. Warming.
Grzesiek79 (2723) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
earthy, grass, hay, butterscotch, bubblegum, alcohol, red, cloudy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted this in the Bon Accord, Glasgow in December 1982 and lastly in March 2005, somewhere in York town centre. This is the 2005 review. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark port in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Strong and sweet aroma of Robinsons strawberry jam which is long in intensity. Creamy smooth texture to the thick mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Dark malts deliver a rich maltloaf base with plump juicy fruit medlay of plump strawberries, rasberries and then sweet molasses and soft caramel. Decent prickle of dusty earthy hop resins are much in evidence in the short bready aftertaste but really short lived though. Finish is warming with strong vinous alcoholic notes of port followed by soft toffee and thick strawberry jam. This is a classic English Barley Wine and has been consistantly good down through the years. Highly recommended and well worth the effort to seek this out in cask. Up there in my top ten along with Belhaven 90/
saxo (12773) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, rich malt, caramel, nuts and hops. Long sweet finish.
kingstoni (1157) - FINLAND - JAN 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with no head. Sweet malty aroma with cyrup. Flavour is sugary malt. Medium body. Low carbonation.
ralphdot (967) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
7.6% very deep amber with a thin head, sweet fruity aroma, fruity taste with some caramel, very nice beer.
martinrumsam (442) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle bb jul 12 pours deep coppery brown with tan head that soon goes malty alcohol aroma with hint of dried fruit . taste is slow to start then sweet notes caramel hints some liqorice then a long drier aftertaste .moderate carbonisation not a bad beer all in all but give me a sam smiths Stingo anytime