harrisoni (12066) - Ashford, Kent, - NOV 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle from Tesco. Ruby red colour with thin beige head. Malty nose with red and dark fruits. Some balancing hop. Dead malt feel in mouth though. Finish has candy sugar, some fruit sweetness and touch of dryness. Nose is fine, but the rest was not that good
danlo (674) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Pours a chestnut brown colour, frothy off-white head leaving some lacing and aroma of malt, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla. Taste is sweet & malty with dark fruits, raisins, toffee, roasted & nutty notes. Creamy mouth feel, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, some residual sweetness, dry finish. OK.
dynamiteninja (1279) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 6% ABV. Thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Blackish chestnut body. Nose is slightly raw: black malt, red fruit, alcohol, toffee, ginger and candied fruits/boiled sweets. Heavy on the raisin. Sweet taste. Dry finish. Starts off a little odd (drank straight from the fridge), but as it warms up I warm to it. At itís current rating of 2.99 as of 2013, I think this beer is slightly underrated.
BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear 500ml bottle (6.0%), best before end of Dec 09, drank early Nov 09. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen badged).
Mahogany red/brown, clear and healthy looking, a deep head of foam sat on top, the colour of the head a light tan. Lacing held well as the beer sank.
Hops and a little malt smell comes from the glass, but like most UK beers that are asked to be cooled before serving it was almost odourless until it began to warm in the glass.
Crisp and refreshing, fairly dry from the hop content but a long way from bitter in taste. The malts came into their own as it warmed and calmed the dryness down somewhat, turning the beer into a maltier tasting beer.
Slight fizzy feel to the mouth, the alcohol can be found without any undue trying.
Not bad at all, a nice little warmer, which got better as it warmed, I wonder why they want it served chilled to 12 degrees C (as per the rear label)?
tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at 6%. Pours dark amber with a medium frothy head. Aroma is raisin, caramel and wood. Taste has watery caramel to start and a raisin finish.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet and fruity, some caramel. The flavor was nice; warm, dry and yeasty, fruit, fruit-cake sweetness, cherries. A nice brew.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml Bottle at Home 14/05/2008
Thick beige head. Some carbonation. Malt and a little fruit aroma. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and initially quite sweet and fruity. Hints of chocolate in a crisp and slightly bitter full malt finish.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.Brown and flat.No carbonation and slightly nutty.Really a strong brown ale but not a very good one.
imdownthepub (9159) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 500ml pasteurised. Chestnut colour with white head. Sweetish from the start with pulpy fruit notes and big doses of caramalisation / toffee. The feeling is soft on the palate with just a hint of the alcohol, its rounded but just a little dull.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark brown pour, decent head. Taste is hops, wood, fairly sweet and malty with a mild bitter finish with a hint of alcohol but not too noticeable to be unpleasant. Decent enough.
DruncanVeasey (6604) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Silkily malty sipper with a faintly roasty, walnut-like bitterness. Chestnut pour with clinging off-white lace. Nose is nutty with hints of vegetable and burnt malt loaf. Some dark fruit, toffee and booze in there but mostly bitterly nutty malt. Not bad at all.