drpimento (2397) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours with a big foamy head, very slight lace, nice clear medium dark amber with a hint of brown. Head lasts a while. Great fresh beery caramely, malty, slightly hoppy nose. Nice mouth filling body, very quaffable. Nice pleasant finish. Balanced with the fuggles just balancing the malt. Very good beer. Wish we could get it around here. got this bottle (with no bbe code filled in the space for it) in beer of the month club.
buggybill2003 (39) - - JUN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely dark amber colour, with delicious malty taste with hints of fruit. Thin lacy head, but balanced well. Great aftertaste with just the right amount of bitterness. A very satisfying beer I would happily look for again
gueuze (477) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ist das ein Stopfaroma? Schönes Zitrusnoten, vom Geruch bis zum Nachtrunk. Dabei nicht allzu bitter. Genial!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, no BBD Brown/amber hue, slight white head. Big nose of dark chocolate & rum. Ever had one of those Swiss chocolates with rum in the middle? That’s the smell. A little cob-web mixed in with toffee, butter, almonds, carmel....all this hits the palate with this well-bodied beer...maybe some fig or other dark fruit-type character as well. Its like a pecan pie crust that you wash down with bitter coffee. Nothing simple or mellow about this beer. Did somebody pour Frangelico in my beer?! Really, I like it...big, intense, warming(but not alcoholic). Nice special occasion, Thanksgiving day type of beer, but only in small doses. I split the 500ml and that was good. I could’ve managed the whole bottle, but wouldn’t have really wanted a second.
harrisoni (14626) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Ruby ale. Beige head. Good malts/fruit/hop richness. Raisins and lots of toffee/coffee in the mouth made slightly sweet by a taste of demerara sugar. Excellent beer.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great spicy aroma, sweet smooth malt balanced by a smokiness and moderate bitter hop flavours. Lingering finish, plenty of body, warm spicy afterglow. Really rather good.
Fairground (29) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
bread, caramel, floral aroma
hazy, brown, minimal head,
medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
fizzy, light body, slick feel,
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle: dark, clear brown amber, frothy off-tan head that forms an interesting plateau in the middle as it falls…herbal, floral aroma with hints of citrus, cedar and pine. Wonderfully developed malt body: sweet flowers, anise, chewy fruits, and malty-toffee. The long maltiness gives way to an even, fresh hop bitterness…this beer is wonderfully balanced: not overly strong in the alcohol department, well placed bitterness and enough malt to wrap it all together…I would love to give it a go on cask.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, a clear amber with a frothy head. A very rich and spicy aroma. The flavour is packed with fruity and yeasty flavours - a taste explosion - and the palate is left with a enjoyable tingly feeling.
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at room temperature which brought out powerful hop aromas and a hint of toffee. Fairly fruity with hints of slightly burnt toast. Bitterness really kicks in at the end of each mouthful. Opinions seem divided but I enjoyed this.