jackafholmes (508) - - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with not much head. Sweet malts with forest fruit flavours. Smooth mouth feel, remarkably drinkable for its strength.
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 (403) - 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!
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought in a bottle from Budgens Supermarket near Kings Lynn.
A very dark brown colour, the 7.6% comes through in a very strong taste of alcohol & not to much else. Not bad but not the most drinkable beer of that strength.
OwainTurner (375) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intensely rich. Very nice beer. Fruity and strong flavour. Not much alcohol. Very tastey indeed. Lovely mouth feel.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Page 307 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. Had a bottle of this it is rooty , light, and has a bitter sweet finish. Only 167 of MJ’s "Classic 500 Brews" to go.
DylansDad (363) - 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.
taunusmies (335) - 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.