mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[3126-20100711] 500mL bottle. Grainy malt aroma has a little toasted sweet corn. Clear, red amber body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Toasted sweet grainy malt flavour has a sweet light strawberry licorice aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good.
(From Grog Shop, Oxford, UK; w/ jerc, tuqueboy, others)
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-07-11. Dark brown body, small tan head. 3+ Flavour is richly malty, with a very English malt character to it. Very mild toasty malt accents. Subtle nuance. Bit of warming yet subtle alcohol. 7+ Mildly alcoholic aroma, mdoest sweet malt, hints of caramel and toasty malt. 6+ Very smooth medium bodied palate is lightly carbonated. Surprisingly tasty, rich but straightforward for the most part. Bottle from The Grog Shop, Oxford
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
Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, red-brown with a slender, beige foam head. Lots of dark berries and grapes in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, mostly semi-ripe berries, grapes, plums, some rich bready malts, very light bitterness but really not much at all. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very faint alcohol warmth to finish, some sticky and toasted sugars, hints of chocolate, more berries, grapes, cherries, plums, suggestions of toffee. I’m actually somewhat fond of this beer. It drinks pretty smoothly.
s_hartshorne (2530) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle b+m 7.4 abv. Dark red colour shorlived beige head. Aroma is weak dark fruits. Taste is sweet very fruity a bit o creaminess ok bitterness some warmth from alcohol. Medium body low carbonation. Good stuff.
jackafholmes (827) - - 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.
Towey1989 (962) - 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.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Served in a pint glass and cellar temperature (15.4° Celsius exactly). The colour is black, with a brownish white head - appearance reminiscent of Old Peculiar. Strong aroma, overpowering alcohol aroma - not much else comes through. Fruity, alcohol & sweet flavour.
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Bottle, 2004-01-05, 6-4-7-4-14=35
Dark color. Caramel nose; sweet liquorice taste, malty. Easy, not complex, but pleasant to drink.
Cask at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen, 2005-12-03, 5-3-6-3-12=29
Dark color with ruby hue. Too light aroma. Malty taste but simple.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(16 Jan 04) Warming alcoholic nose of toasted malt with buttery notes. Dark ruby body that looks almost purple in the light. It has a large, dense, creamy off-white head. The body is rich with a heavy sweetness reminiscent of Chelsea Golden Syrup, and finishes lightly bitter with a slightly astringent feel.