martinrumsam (511) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours coppery amber with light beige full head that laces. Aroma is rich, caramel,dark fruit maybe a hint of yeast. Fruity sweet start with a counterbalance light bitterness to finish and linger. Some pleasant alcohol warmth . Full palate. Medium carbonation. A good beer.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste 2/9 bottle. Looks: Dark cloudy tea colored body with a thin tan head. Aroma: Sweet malt (almost syrup) with some yeast must in the background. Taste: Very malt heavy, a little hops coming through in the finish. Yeast and hops are in the background for the style.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has to be the quality of the water filtered down through sandstone that gives this beer such a great crystal clean flavour. Chocolate bitter sweetness and barley wine warmth and depth. Quite a sharp green hop citrus ending that lingers on the palate. Quick to make you squiffy!
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Pours a murky brown with a very thin white head. Mouth is kind of flat, almost no carbonation. Flavor is complex and hard for me to describe. Very strong roasted malt, some juicy hops, and a little bitter chocolate. Interesting.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly dark caramel with absolutely no head, just a small blob of large bubbles and some thin lacing. Nose is surprisingly fruity, with strong plum/raisin sherry-like character, plus a faint hint of yeast bite and some mild English hop leathery funkiness. Starts smooth and full on the palate but buckles halfway through, ending a bit thin but with a decent hop bite for a bitter, mildly grassy and herbal. Goes down easy, with well hidden strength for an ESB. Palatable.
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apr. 3, 2008; pint+ bottle purchased for $5 at Chanatry’s Market, Utica, NY. Murky-brown pour; big caramel-candy aroma. Notes of ripe fruit. Pretty full-bodied for the style, with medium bitterness. Seems quite sessionable. Would definitely have this again.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy caramel color with no head and little carbonation. The nose is molasses and creme brulee with a slight yeasty tinge. The flavor is light caramel with a definite bitter finish. Not very full-bodied and a little light for me. Not bad.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown color, close to the color of apple cider and the fruity notes make the aroma reminiscent of it as well. Thin, off white head. Malty flavor of caramel with coffee and nuts hints in the aftertaste. A crisp beer that’s light but still manages to pack in some flavor.
unstablefable (225) - SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber with a nice frothy white head, aroma is dried raisins, dates, taste is pleasent, bit fruit with some caramel, chocolate but metallic undertones.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle. Nice amber orange pour with a cream-colored head. Smells of brown sugar, hops, and spice. Tastes of molasses, spice (coriander), and slight brown sugar with an underlying bitterness. Finish is bittersweet. Balanced with a complex flavor -- very good.