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Brewed by Oakleaf
Style: English Strong Ale
Gosport, England

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
33 cL bottle. Hazy and golden dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is overipe fruity. Dense malty, overripe fruity and roasted dark caramelish flavoured. Bitter and roasted malty into a medium dry and lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5779) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2010
330ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour with red tinges when held to the light. Fruity aroma with raisins, roasted malt and marzipan. Rich and fruity taste with spicy malt, dried fruit, caramel and marzipan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours a clear orangey brown with a creamy and lacing beige head. Aroma of dried fruit and wood. Medium body, dried fruit and licorice with distinct woody almost bourbony accents - where do those come from? Sweet overripe fruits. Nice one. 301109

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5667) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours clear deep brown, nose is toffee, caramel, spices, taste is rich caramel, spiced, vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3599) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep amber to brown. Nice lacy head. Nose - toffee going into floral honey, Taste - honey and cereal. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly balanced finish. Overall - struggling to criticise but also not getting excited, particularly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1528) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 550ml: A nice winter warmer ,considering its early spring .-this should be redundant ,but its cold . Dark malt nose , raisins , coffee,chocolate . Deep brown beer , beige head . Flavours and palates suggesting chocolate notes, dark malt flava , caramel , red wine , raisins ... I bet this would lift from cask in the middle of winter .. From the bottle in May its decent stuff !

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8132) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37873) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle 330ml.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, overripped berry - raisin, oxidide, light chocolate. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20091124]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2011
Cask @ The Harp 7/8/11. Pours a dark brown, with no real head. Quite roasty, toffee, slight bitterness, but quite boozy. Seemed a bit out of season.


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