Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: English Strong Ale
Gosport, England


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Cask; Seasonal - December until it runs out. Has appeared at other times of year. Also available bottle conditioned.
Strong, dark and rich, yet surprisingly drinkable for a beer of its strength. A substantial beer that should be treated with caution!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Waggon & Horses, Halesowen, W.Mids. A dark brown winter warmer, sweet, treacle with warming fruit character. Nuts & spices, raisins and sultanas. Sweet alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours clear deep brown, nose is toffee, caramel, spices, taste is rich caramel, spiced, vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
Hazy dark mahogany with a large beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and coffee notes. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, overripe fruits, caramel, chocolate and hints of coffee. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9843) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2007
Bottle. Almost black with no head. Aromas are sweet mollasses with liquorice and herbal, smoky notes. Some cola with dark chocolate. Flavours are sweet smooth chocolate with winter fruit and spices. Smoky and vinous. Spicy pine hops on the finish. A good strong beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9593) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2007
Picked this up from Beers of Europe Poured dark brown, not much of a head. Aroma a little bit fruity (Dark fruits steeped in something strong) tasted pretty much as expected quite malty, rich dark stewed fruits, alcohol occasionally noticeable but quite refined really. A nice beer but not particularly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at AshtonMcCobb’s. Pours clear red brown with a thin white head. Aromas of dark sugar, herbs. Taste is sweet, some chocolate. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Crescent, Salford 27/02/2004 Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and fruity cherry flavour. Smooth lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2011
Bottled. A dark brown headless beer with a cola look to it. A malty beer with a bit of chocolate. Noticeable strength. Fruits in aroma. Dry taste. Nothing stands out. Pretty ordinary and dull really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars’ Hampshire Beer Festival, Bristol 2/05/2011. Dark brown, flat, with no head. Sweet, caramel and dark fruit with not much else. Dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
(Bottle. Thanks to SaintMatty) Dark brown colour with brief, bubbly, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, raisins, prunes, caramel and dark bread. Malty, fruity taste with dark bread, caramel, dried fruit, wort, roasty malt and slightly dusty hops in the finish. Medium body, with balanced sweetness and medium bitterness. A touch metallic perhaps. Quite enjoyable.

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