tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured slowly and carefully from botttle into CAMRA pint glass. Massive head. Reminds me of Youngs Christmas Pudding ale. A very odd head. Fluffy and huge. A descent body. Dark brown in texture. Aroma is full of spices; nuts, burnt toasted edges and roasted matls. Not too overpowering.
The taste is very much the same as the aroma. A bit more leather and smoke but not much. A good English old ale. Intesesting and complex. Would like to see how this stands up on cask. Consumed by bottle format. Bottle was bought at Utobeer.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brownish orange with a rocky white head that lasts for ages. Nose is dominated by a strong, spicy cola aroma that probably comes from the combination of cloves, cinnamon, coriander and ginger. Flavour is a little more diverse. It still has that spicy cola overtone but there are also hints of malt, caramel, sultanas and orange. Light to medium body, lots of carbonation and a medium to long dry, sweet/spicy finish. Nice beer, not the sort of thing I could drink copious amounts of but very pleasant all the same.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy head. The aroma is brilliant roses, apples, cedar wood, tons of floral notes. The flavor is hoppy and herbal with woody notes, clove notes, some cinnamon and cranberry. Delicious.
pivnizub (8548) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: almost clear, copper coloured, visible carbonation, medium-sized persistent white head spicy (X-mas) nose: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; robust sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; warming spicy/orangey bitter-sweet finish with a following light tartness. A powerful winter brew.........
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Dry spicy, clove, anise, ginger root and nutmeg. Wow spice whore. Lighter citrus, really wild beer here. Some fruit in the background but to no avail as the spices mask most of the body. Nice spicy ale.
oh6gdx (19933) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A bit hazy reddish amber colour with small creamy slightly off-white head. Aroma is mild alcohol, some spices, mild fruity and flowery notes as well as some plum(pudding) and sweetness. Flavour is sweet malts, some spices, mild hoppy notes. A bit plummy/raisiny sweetness as well. Pleasant. One of the more spicies English beers I have had.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy red with a nice big, creaming looking head of off white foam. Big spices, light cloves and heavy allspice, Super Christmassy, slightly green in a way though. Something a bit funny here, very soapy maybe or over-ripe fruit? It is interesting but not really my thing. Very bitter burnt flavours. It has the flavour of the brown residue that spills out of an overfull apple-pie in the oven. Spiced yet green and fruity all overthrown by woody ash. Actually not all that bad. Something you can really get into. Not a big drinker but definitely worth a go. I’m probably drinking it at the wrong time of year but it is still pretty banging.
FatPhil (8349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich reddy brown, small head. Very sweet spicy aroma. Succulent palate, carbonation restrained. Full bodied flavour, cake and winter spices - ginger and cinnamon. Finish continues that theme. Perhaps a little over-spiced, but not so much as to make it a gimmick. Absolutely delicious, and want again.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thin cover of off white foam. Very spice filled aroma, the ginger and nutmeg seem to really come through, some fruit and toffee malt in there. Taste is big citric spices, coriander, cloves and more ginger.
goozen (2680) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pint: Hazy brown ale with some citric taste and some spices too, like coriande.