planky84 (1865) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Sultana, chocolate and marzipan nose. Sweet dark fruity flavours. Throat warming. Dry, long bitter-sweet finish.
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle, Sainsburys.
Very dark reddy brown, little head.
Raisin, chocolate smell.
Not overly hoppy or malty.
Sharp and rich, can detect alcohol, spiritlike afterfeel.
Little too harsh for my liking.
Bullit (3823) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Amber colour, off-white head. Nose is malty, nutty, bit of brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is malty and nutty, slightly alcoholic. Slightly sweet and fruity strong ale. Medium bodied and alcoholic finish. I can see why people like this, but it’s not really to my liking.
Martin243 (669) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, cellar cool. Pours deep reddish brown with an offwhite head. Fruitcake aroma, juicy blackcurrant, raisin, licquorice flavours with lurking alcohol. Delicious.
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely dark brown with hints of red around the edges. Minimal head or carbonation. Aromas of banana, malt, treacle, Flavours of raisin, banana, malt. Some residual acohol flavour.
leaparsons (7662) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are bready yeast and cookie dough with berries and hints of banana. Chocolate and cream with coffee and liquorice. Flavours are molasses with herbal, medicinal notes. Dark chocolate with blackberry and banana. Xmas pudding with yeast and roast malts and peppery alcohol. Very good.
DruncanVeasey (6805) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pale mahogany swirled with beige. Aroma of sticky dried grape, malt loaf, banana- a bit Highgate. Fine flavour, if a bit boozy with Allsorts, banana and muscovado notes lightly dusted with roast. Marzipan hints; some alcohol showing. Somewhat flimsy in the mouth with an added sugar, as opposed to loafy malt thickness. Emaciated dopplebock stirred with banana?
evergreen0199 (1748) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsburys in Pinner. A dark brown/ruby red coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Sweet, caramel aroma. Tastes of caramel, quite sweet, dark fruit, malty. Rich and warming and ideal for Christmas. There is a touch of the Rocheforts about this one. Surprisingly good. Must stock up on this, currently 3 bottles for a fiver.
tommann (2429) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is fruitcake spice and raisin. Taste is all fruitcake. Warming alcohol on the aftertaste. Good winter warmer.
harrisoni (12451) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from the Sainsburys beer competition 2011. Wish I’d been at St Albans BF in 2004 when most of the ratings for this came from. What a great group of people were there. Clear deep russet colour with thick lasting mid beige head. Syrupy malty aroma. Touch of nuttiness and likeable malty fruit on aroma too. Mmmmm. Yes a full thick tasty English Strong Ale. Just like it should be. Now that is a beer. Yes it has a cake quality to it. Just the malts are just so wonderful. Yep, good beer. After a couple of not great things, and not being a huge fan of McMullens, this is stunning. Just perfect blend of malts. With a slight dry edge to the finish so the sweetness never gets out of control. Pretty special.