Rob_D_UK (806) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red with a thick off-white head; rich roasted malt aroma with a touch of raisin; dry and fruity in the mouth, full-bodied and warming; a long lingering bitter aftertaste.
BlackHaddock (3892) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24th Oct 2010: My first Christmas beer this season (the bottle is best before the end of Oct, so it’s last years brew). Poured into an ’Abbot Ale’ tankard.
Dark ruby red in body colour a good foaming head of a light tan hue sat on top.
The smell is of toasted/roasted barley, they also dominate the taste. This is a true, sit by an open fire sort of winter warmer and evokes all the traditional thoughts of a Victorian Christmas.
Fuggles hops ensure the malts don’t have it their own way and the beer has a nice balanced feel to it, dark and malty throughout, but with a hoppy bitterness under the surface with comes out as the mouth dries.
A difficult to find beer; but well obtaining and trying.
RichardGretton (4259) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Nottingham Beer Festival 2010. Blackish brown beer with a light head. The aroma is mildly roasted, and the flavour is bitter and gently roasted and malty. Overall a good roasted, mildly malty and bitter beer.
leaparsons (8159) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Nottingham Fest ’10. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are malty with chocolate and roast coffee. Raisins, berries and alcohol with cooky dough. Flavours are sweet and fruity malts with burnt toffee. Served cold but still warming in a cold marquee.
imdownthepub (10460) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 500ml from Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley, Derbs. Dark red brown with white head. Rich roasted malty sweetish beer, fruity, plummy, sultanas. There is a hoppy, bitter finish. Decent beer.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, Bakewell Farmers Market, Xmas 2006. Deep (red), (not) crisp and even so it’s still a solid kind of ESB. Nothing remarkable but with a thick, rich malt that has the right level of clinginess at that time of year.
berkshirejohn (4574) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at the Renaissance Hotel, South Normanton. Ruby red with a thick off-white head; rich roasted malt aroma with a touch of raisin; dry and fruity in the mouth, full-bodied and warming; a long lingering bitter aftertaste.
rauchbier (3616) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, from Stables Farm Shop, Melton Ross. Deep chestnut red, almost black, thin shortlived white head and gentle condition. Low toffee sweetness and vaguely smoky aromas, quite dry and bitter in the mouth with some smoky burnt toast notes and a distant sweetness, dry and burnt in the finish.
StueyD (1175) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown coloured beer with reddish tints and a thick off white head. A rich, roasted malt nose, chocolatey, caramel and liquorice. The taste is bitter, malty, with coffee, chocolate, caramel and liquorice flavours, and a lingering bitter finish. (Bottle - courtesy of Mark & Marie @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).