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Brewed by Red Rock (UK)
Style: English Strong Ale
Teignmouth, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Seasonal - Winter.
We’ve been asked to brew a strong winter ale many times - so here it is. Maltier than most of our beers but balanced with generous early hopping.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dj (556) - Gloucestershire, - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle, 500ml. An amber colour with a medium head. A hoppy aroma with some fresh citrus notes. Flavour of roasted malt with a little barley, citrus hops and a little treacle providing a nice depth to the flavour. Alcohol fairly evident. A somewhat bitter finish. Not bad, but fairly run-of-the-mill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013

Bottle 500ml. @ [ (Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting) by Chriso - London ].

Clear medium amber orange colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, flowers, wood notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, flowers, sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130331]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theydon_Bois (15945) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting, 31/03/13 thanks to Chris. Lightly hazed reddish amber with a thin off white head that retains well. Nose is malt, caramel, sugars, thin dark fruit notes. Taste comprises dark malt, toffee, fruits, bit bland and twiggy. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fruit in the finish. Pretty mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
31st March 2013
Tasting at ChrisO’s. Hazy amber beer, good fluffy off white head. Good marmalade hops - light but bitter. Light dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (20231) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2013
bottle at chris0... deep copper ... thin lacing ... sweet toffee nose ... sweet ofee fruits ... dull roast ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tampierre (1179) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 8, 2013
Bottled 0.5l ; Devon ; UK ; Brown color with proper head ; Malty,caramel and roasty aroma ; Medium sweet taste with medium bitter finish ; Nicely balanced ; Pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from West Country Ales. Sour mash nose with plenty of sweet malt and vineous figs coming through. Pours muddy with no head to speak of and quite lifeless in the glass. This lack of life continues into the mouthfeel in that it is almost entirely flat. Notes of malt come through but are displaced by a sourness from the bottle conditioning that isn’t to my taste. That said, it’s well-hopped and this balances well with the deeper than average malts. The finish has a bitter astringency that doesn’t repel but that cloying sourness is still there. It confuses me a bit. Complex, interesting, but with too much red in the ledger for it to be a good ale. I’ll keep an eye and if the community continue to side against me perhaps I’ll give it another try and pour it a bit more carefully ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2011
Almost bright, deep copper body, not much life evident. A flaccid, loose sudsy white head forms off the pour with nothing to replenish it. There is a hint of swampy marshland in the aroma, quite weedy, dank, musty, and herbal with a satisfying edge of caramelised oranges and warm, dark toffee. Bold malty, hoppy palate, assertively bitter nettle and weedy swallow, holds the alcohol well. Meaty body, smooth resinous hop finish, lots of pine, tangy orange marmalade and weeds throughout. Chewy biscuity malts give good balance adding a nice initial and residual sweetness, hints at a dark wood honey. Really nice drinking though at this strength it might be an early night. A solid strong bitter. (50cL, BBE 05/12, Dart’s Farm, Topsham, Exeter, Devon)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7679) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2010
Bottle from Whistle Wines, Exeter. Deep copper in colour, with a tight off-white head. Rich, fruity malt aroma with some caramel. Very easy drinking for the ABV, with a sweet, caramel flavour and decent bitter finish. Ok.

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