KyotoLefty (9114) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 17, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle nose is minerally chocolate and caramel. Thin, light, mineral and caramel flavor. Weak overall.
RichTheVillan (6508) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris & Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; clear burnished amber pour with a foamy beige head, aroma has dark fruits with a hint of caramel, taste has caramel along with raisins, some malt and Christmas spices.
rlgk (17910) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015. Clear deep amber beer with a small beige head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, vinous, fruity, raisins, biscuits, some raisins. Malty caramel flavor, toffee, caramel, raisins, some citrus and grapes. Quite nice.
yespr (40082) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and breadish. Dry, toasted and light bitter. Roasted dry malty into the finish.
Cimbasso (703) - - JAN 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled as a Christmas Edition (Tally Ho Ho Ho) from a bottle purchased in Dorset (thanks Rachel!). Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Not much carbonation. Rich aromas, and a complex taste dominated by raisins and sugared dates. Good dry hop flavour to balance the sweetness. A little cloying, but a great winter warmer.
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild smokey aroma. Slightly sweet smelling. Quite spicey tasting with a hit of smoke. Gorgeous dark colour.
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evergreen0199 (2973) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Watford Beer Festival, Watford, Herts. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Rich, dark fruit, caramel aroma. Tastes rich, dark fruit, caramel, Christmas cake.
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask stillage at The Watford Beer Festival 2012. Poured a deep ruby, with a rocky, off white head. Aroma of big malt, toffee and raisins. Roasted malt flavours, with dried fruit and biscuit. Finish was fruitcake, burnt sugar and spice.
wheresthepath (2097) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Derehams Inn beer festival, High Wycombe. Deep amber with a thick creamy head and a light sparkle. A woody beer. A whole antique wardrobe full of old varnished wood in fact, with just a hint of toffee, chocolate and earthiness behind. As traditional as it gets, and sometimes that’s no bad thing. Possibly needs a higher abv to give it a bit more oomph and some more sweetness, but it’s a decent beer nevertheless.
Scopey (12216) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Claret, Addiscombe. It pours deep brown with a foamy beige head. The nose is wood, earth, leather, caramel, dried fruit and fruit cake. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, wood, leather, earth, light spice, raisin, caramel, light alcohol and varnish with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well rounded. Decent.