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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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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6767) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5514) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at AshtonMcCobbs. Darkish brown, like cola, no head. Sweet aroma, caramel, taste has caramel, toffee, dark malts, even vanilla. Quite simple sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2006
Cask Conditioned at Ealing Beer on Broadway Festival, 2006. We had this and two milds on the table and they all were fairly similar, the alcohol in this was very well hidden and this didn’t seem an awful lot stronger but did have more body. Dark malts and lots of caramel, but not very interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
Hazy dark amber and red color; creamy head. Quite good caramel and hop aroma, with limited fruitness. Mature caramel and malt flavor, but the end is more astringent, light sweet and fruity touch. No thrills, but not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
(Bottle, thanks omhper) Pours deep dark red. Light roasted aroma with some coffee, caramel and a subtile fruityness. Undertones of flowers, fudge and stone. Full malty, medium sweet flavour with some allmond paste and a touch of fruits. Medium bitter finish. Rather smooth, medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of dusty hops, fruits, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of dusty hops, malt, caramel, alcohol, and yeast, leading to a dry bitter finish. Thanks KimJohansen for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18767) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with some weak hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - 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.


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