martinrumsam (562) - 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
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.
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.
DylansDad (412) - North Shore, Auckland, 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.
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!
OwainTurner (388) - 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.
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.
Towey1989 (378) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruits like plum and raisin, also burnt sugar, treacle, caramel, berry sweetness and a little spice. Taste of plum pudding, raisin, treacle, liquorice, alcohol and chocolate. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture. A warming, bittersweet fruity finish. The best beer I’ve had from Marston’s. A pleasant, flavourful, warming winter beer, but I have had better, similar beers.