Dermi (625) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 50, cl. Pours clear red with a wheat head. Aroma: Chocolate, malt, mild alcohol compound. Taste: Sweet, minimal bitterness. Caramel, malt, alcohol. Palate: Light bodied, little sticky. Moderate carbonation. Not good.
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.
McWorta (542) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rubin red and brown in colour. On the nose develop aromas of roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. Small fast fading toast coloured head. Bit fizzy, medium-full body. Medium sweet with a touch of bitterness. Finish is dry and nice.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red , slightly transparent. Fizzy off white head which disappears quickly. Yeasty aroma, smells fruity and sweet from the alcohol. Feels very smooth in the mouth, alcohol is well hidden. Quite a fruity yet malty sweetness, feels amazing almost syrupy when you swallow. Strong flavours though so couldn’t drink too many.
Mr_Pink_152 (506) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from supermarket. Dark, almost black coloured, no real head. Aroma of dried fruit. Flavour is sweet malt, and dried fruit. Not sure if this 7.4% is now the norm, but a good beer all the same.
martinrumsam (484) - 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
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.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Delicious, thick, fruity, raisons and plums, warm and winter wonderful. More Christmassy than plum pudding! Wonderful.
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: mahogany color. Medium size head with beige color and medium persistency.
Aroma: intensive ripe-fruity smells, mainly of cherries, other berries, plums and red-raisins. Malty, sugary, sweet-wine and cherry’s liquor aromatic reminiscences.
Flavor: like the aroma, start with a nice intensity of cherries, plums, figs, red-grapes, raisins and other ripe fruits. Sweet, but not sickly, from the caramel malts. Some light woody touch. Liquory progress with reminiscences of sweet-wine, oporto, cherry’s liquor and maybe of old rum. Final with light medicinal dryness, complementing for the alcoholic dryness. A light mineralized touch in the aftertaste.
Palate: medium body, semi-oily texture and light carbonation.
Remark: nice cherry, plums and other ripe fruity touches, both in the aroma and taste. Balanced and semi-complex fruitiness. Advisable beer.
CEZ (397) - 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!