chubbyhubby (11) - - JAN 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity, grassy aroma. A touch of grain, oats and loads of English hops in the back of the nose. Medium to full in body with a marvelous lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting with caramel malt (probably Maris Otter) and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and toffee flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a wondeful toasty, biscuity, yeasty back.This beer pours a rich copper colour with a cloudy, light brownish highlight. A healthy off white lace wraps the inside of the glass with ample stickiness. Smells of soft caramel and toasted malt biscuit and bread with a dash of buttery toffee. Honey-like toffee and a currant and berry mix for fruitiness. Light twinge of ester alcohol in the nose. Smooth upfront with a light to moderate carbonation. Jam-packed with malt flavours of toasted caramel. Diacetyl is significant yet not to the point of being out of balance. The warming alcohol brings forth fruitiness and esters to round this big profile out. Hints of dark toffee and light berry fruit add to the complexity. Hop bitterness drops a great finishing flavour and oily herbal character. Caramel and grain in the finish with slight tangy hop overtones. Bitterness seems a step up for its style which is fine considering all of the malt flavour to deal with. This is a tremendously killer brew with expressive hop notes, balancing malt, and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I will definitely revisit more than others in its category.
AdiBeer (2283) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, bread malts, grain. Appearance: clear amber, small, off-white, frothy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: malts continue and remain very dominant, some unspecified fruitiness coming up, soft carbonation. Overall: very nice aroma, bit weak palate, but overall OK English "Strong" Ale. Bottle from Waitrose, Exter.
Trappis**d (31) - Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quaffed this as a draught at Milton Abbas street fair on a fine sunny day,delicious, a lovely clear ruby red colour, rich rewarding raisin fruits, malty, this beer would be perfect with a ploughmans.
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th July 2014
Chelmsford Summer Beer Fest. Cask. Light haze on this deep amber beer. Residual bubbly pale tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. Rich malts but not heavy. Good semi sweet dark toffee. Ripe fruits blend well with the toffee. Traces of hard candy fruits and sweet esters. Toucb of floralness. Light finish. Dark toffee lingers on. Good stuff.
gegwilson (2242) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright amber with a cream head. Sweet and fruity with some pear drop notes. A somewhat bitter finish. Full flavoured and good.
BlackHaddock (5072) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half-pint at the 2014 Lincoln Beer Festival. Good looking dark, deep brown beer with a full white crown on top. Malty from the start, this is a fruity, wholesome brew that oozes flavour. The hops keep the maltiness in check to produce a lovely blend that is easy to drink, mildly bitter towards the finish.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear copper with 2 finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Chocolate malt, bread, floral, treacle, umami.
Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low/medium sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, raisin, prune, chocolate malt, bready, treacle, herbal finish.
Comments: Lovely and glass lace.
vipinvelp (2999) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper colored beer with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is lught caramel, some yeast, some barley. Taste is bitter with some gras notes. Turning more bitter in time. (Velp 201311)
martinrumsam (562) - 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.
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!
unstablefable (229) - 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.