DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is rich and fruity quite spicey and some yeasty candy sugar. Taste is similarly complx maybe not as well blended as some of the style but defo a good effort and the best iv had from marstons.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet, oaty start, dry-ish hoppyness towards the finish, some light peaty and smokey flavours, and a bit of oak, some mollasses in there aswell, not real elegant, but not too bad either. Not overly complex, but it occasionally surprised me on the odd sip.
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as famous nor as well balanced as Old Peculiar or Old Speckled Hen, this is none the less a decent quality old style beer.
berkshirejohn (5215) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The colour of treacle with a thick brown head, which settles but lasts. A sweet toffee nose, and a warm malty flavour makes this a beer to sip slowly.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish with a small tan head. Aroma has some sweetness from dark berries. Dark fruit sweet flavor with a light caramel note, very sweet finish.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Charlies. Dark reddish brown coloured. Aroma of malt, toffee and molasses with a fruity touch. Sweet and malty flavour with notesof dades and plums and caramel. Rather full bodied and warming.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5 l bottle. Mahagony color with small head. Thick aroma with toffee, raisins and prunes. Sweet worty flavor with dark fruits and chocolate. Chewy mouthfeel. So far the only beer from Marstons which I like.
tiong (4999) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
170ml bottle @ vPBF
1977 vintage! -
Pours murky dark brown with a small foamy head.
Aroma of slightly sweetish malts, caramel, berries.
Taste is smooth and malty with some mild hints of sweetness, caramel, syrup and raisins.
Finish is smooth and sweetish with some malty notes. Okay, quite well aged beer.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Sweet, prune and apple aroma with hints of cherry. Ruby color, light brown head, few lace. Rather sweet, even a bit sugary, prune, raisin, hints of chocolate and licorice, bitter finish. Sticky and alcoholic. Nice and flavorful.
BlackHaddock (4964) - 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.