imdownthepub (13040) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity @ the Pigs Ear, London , 2003.
Crystal clear, rich, smooth, brown. Malt and alcohol blended nicely. This was drunk at the start of a session at SilkT’s insistence with the Museum, No. 1, barley wine. I wisely tried this first so as not to unnecessarily bias my palate. Probably not as good as its pier but lovely all the same. Strong long palate.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Handpump at the Crescent, Salford 27/02/2004
Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and fruity cherry flavour. Smooth lasting finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at Ealing Beer Festival, May 2006. Deep red colour. Full roasty malt and treacle aroma underlaid with raisins and other dried fruit. Lots of plummy fruit on the palate with soft caramel and hints of bitter cherry. Smooth and sumptuous mouthfeel. Not too sweet, nor is the alcohol too intrusive. Cracking stuff. An excellent winter warmer (even if, for some inexplicable reason, it appeared in May on this occasion).
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Hazy, deep black bod. Lightly brown, creamy head. Aroma of coffee, liquor, molasses, chocolate: very nice and complex. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCA (from Bottles of Botley, BBE Aug 07). Very lightly conditioned. Mahogany coloured. Lots of rich and well balanced flavours. Light chocolate and cold coffee, brown sugar, malts and faint raisin aromas. The bare minimum of hops and a not quite sweet taste not cloying and pleasantly sippable.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@Ealing Beer On Broadway. Nice full and full bodied, with sweet chocolate and caramel flavours. It is on the sweeter side, but a nice hit of warming (but not overpwering) alcohol in the finish helps to balance it out. I thought this was a great beer.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Ealing BF 06: Dark dark ruby brown with a short tan head. Nutty malts, lovely dry choc and raisins. Nice darker fruits and warming full bodied feel. Tasty stuff.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Ealing BF 06: Dark brown body with a rich dried fruit taste didn’t notice the alcohol but it helped the beer.
cgarvieuk (21098) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... Red brown ... little roast fruit malt ... sweet syrupy fruit ... strong roast malt fruits rich caramel ... some chocolate ... little cherry.