tombyars (1568) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First tasted this at the Glasgow Winter Beer Festival in February 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin off white head. Sweet toffee notes in the powerful malty aroma. Creamy but thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with sweet juicy damsons, sultanas and prunes mixed with treacle toffee notes. There is a slight prickle of earthy hops in the aftertaste but this is short lived. Robust powerful malt returns with booming notes of dry oak cask and vinous fruit. A superb, strong Old Ale in style and highly recommended.
rand (1470) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500 ml from PS. Dark red brown ale, fine ivory head. Malted aromas, chocolate, raisin, molasses and banana. There is taste of Christmas Cake, spices, stewed fruits and licorice. Notes of almond, chestnut and alcohol. A rich beer, however without excess sugar and with an adequate measure of bitterness in the finish.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear ruby/brown with 2 finger thick beige head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, toffee, golden syrup, slight spiritous note.
Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness.
Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, syrupy, fruity finish.
Martin243 (995) - 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.
gowdy (961) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s house. caramel, resin, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, burnt sugar. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, plums. Spicy. Hoppy; grassy hops. Full bodied and very smooth. Bittersweet very fruity roasty/burnt malty with a sour fruit/hop edge. Nice Beer!
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark fruits, molasses, marzipan, sultana, with a smooth texture and dry finish.
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.
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say that this beer has grown on me. At first, as is often the case, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but now I have to restrain myself from opening the remaining three bottles I have. How will time change this fine beer? Both bitter and sweet, better than the British beers of this strength that I have tasted, it is too good to be in supermarkets!
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.