taunusmies (331) - FINLAND - AUG 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruby colour with a small head. Aroma is sweet, rich and malty, slightly roasted. Notes of flowers, hops, raisins, dark fruits, toffee and plums. Well balanced ale. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden in the taste, but reveals itself creating a nice warm feeling and going straight to the head. I really liked this one.
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.
DylansDad (295) - 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.
Mr_Pink_152 (284) - 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.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle BB 31/01/07) Aroma of roasted malt and caramel with a hint of oak wood. Red brown colour, slightly sparkling and small, light brown, mostly diminishing head with very small lacing. Sweet caramel, roasted malty and slightly bitter (especially in the finish) flavour. Softly carbonated, dry, slightly sticky, warming (alcohol does not taste) and medium to full-bodied palate. Very good strong ale! 26/05/06
beervis (239) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a fabulous winter beer - like a spiced fruitcake in a bottle. Rich, fruity, balanced by the dark roasted notes. Tastes great afterwards too - very satisfiying strong ale.
richc (239) - 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.
Brodies_Best (230) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried some of this since Mike Enderby likes it and had it in the flat. Initial tan head looked promising but didnít last long. Nice attractive red brown colour. Initial fruity sweet aroma. Can smell the alcohol but itís not overpowering. Flat, heavy initial taste and then toffee followed by fruit and tingle on the side of the tongue. Not much lacing going on. Dryness makes you want to have another sip but for me, there appears to be too much sugar. A cheap sherry with sprinkings of dust comes to mind. Not sure why I donít like this as much as I think I should. Maybe itís just too sweet for me.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola / dark ruby color, with a generous, beige bubbly head.
Dryish malty aroma, with a hint of hops and barnyardiness. Seemed faintly metallic as well, but perhaps I was hallucinating.
Semisweet, fruity malt and alcohol flavor. Sweet alcohol and caramel finish with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste.
Very smooth and well balanced. Medium body. Surprisingly delicious.
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my new local indy. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Strong sweetness on the nose then leads onto a kind of fruitcake sweetness in the mouth with hints of dark fruits and some caramel. Very nice indeed and hides the 7.6% well.