johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.Dark and fruity with a strong presence of alcohol. Rich and fruity this is certainly an excellent winter warmer.
McTapps (3925) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark ruby colour with low head and medium body. Nose of malt and smoked nuts. Taste of strong pure malt, torf, vanilla, woods, leaves, nuts, roast and licorice. Due to its high alcohol content and its heavy maltness it is not that easy to drink. Maybe it’s not even THAT nice, but at least it is special.
MichaelAwesome (3925) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad one but in the end it like a malt syrup with lots of sweetness, sugar and a decent end. Drinkable, warm but I would consider it a bit too thick.
Marko (3918) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Since I’m stuck on this ferry for the next 5 hours might as well rate stuff I normally wouldn’t even consider round these parts. Cola body, medium tan head. Fruity, slightly soapy malty nose, nice really. Slightly polleny and candyish. Light dull malty taste, the nice fruity (vague strawberry jam?) soapiness shows up again but the palate is thin and dry. Some light alcohol pops up... To be continued as it warms... Umm yeah. The tartness gets stronger and the alcohol too, though not terribly so. Gets slightly salty though. Dunno, hardly exciting but one can do far worse.
jaghana (3819) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - DEC 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50cl, a clear dark amber beer with low head. Nose is on caramel and metallic touch. Aroma is on toffee, caramel, carared malt, metallic notes, slightly spicy, toasted and light roasted notes at the finish. Body is slightly vinous and alcoholic with a bitter background.
wimpyjoe (3777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruity aroma, not so much in the taste. The ale has a tangy dry finish to it.
tiong (3733) - 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.
BlackHaddock (3645) - 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.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Bottled, from Rhythm & Booze, Barton-upon-Humber. Deep ruy red, fluffy but shortlived off white head, gentle condition. Sweet malt aromas with suggestions of cola and a sticky background melanoidin note, sweet and fruity in the mouth with a very chalky bitterness and some earthiness, gentle bitterness initially in the finish but a sticky sweetness takes over and lingers longest laced with some peppery spiciness and a hint of retronasal alcohol.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color, little beige head. Chocolate, toffee, sweetness, mild alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Chocolate, toffee, nice caramel sweetness in flavor, ends with lasting medium alcohol and sweetness, aftertaste lasts.