chappy5445 (1) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Easily the best tasting real ale I tried in my 2 trips to England and I tried quite a few. Fruity and smooth. I only wish it was available in Canada. There are a number of English real ales to be had here but none can come close.
nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kick Ass! Definately one of Marstons finest. Deep dark colour with a great taste and enjoyable fruity notes. Its all a matter of taste really as I think the lack of masses hoppy bitterness is definately a plus. Great beer.
davidm (1772) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Bottle 500ml, in a bottleshop in Glasgow. Great beer. Aromas of toffee, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled: pours with a dark brown hue and a nice thick and frothy head, malts are dominant but there are some interesting fruit notes together with smoked and woody tones, full bodied, very enjoyable.
tombyars (1204) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted this in the Bon Accord, Glasgow in December 1982 and lastly in March 2005, somewhere in York town centre. This is the 2005 review. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark port in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Strong and sweet aroma of Robinsons strawberry jam which is long in intensity. Creamy smooth texture to the thick mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Dark malts deliver a rich maltloaf base with plump juicy fruit medlay of plump strawberries, rasberries and then sweet molasses and soft caramel. Decent prickle of dusty earthy hop resins are much in evidence in the short bready aftertaste but really short lived though. Finish is warming with strong vinous alcoholic notes of port followed by soft toffee and thick strawberry jam. This is a classic English Barley Wine and has been consistantly good down through the years. Highly recommended and well worth the effort to seek this out in cask. Up there in my top ten along with Belhaven 90/
adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong and well balanced. A glorious example of the most traditional English ales!
MiP (12136) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 7.6%. Peppery and creamy aroma. Very dark brown colour, clear and with a chestnut shine. Good sweet flavour, quite peppery, quite malty. Very nice and actually well-balanced in spite of the strength.
richc (144) - 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.
winkle (465) - 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.
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, Pateurised. Dark red beer with thick chunky lasting head. Lovely smooth rich treacely flavours, almost port wine like, red grapes and plums, sweet malts, a very decent bottled beer (brown bottle!!!)