jbruner (2419) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent brown from the bottle with thin tan head and and moderate lacing. Aroma is non-existent, taste at least lends a bit of the oak aging, and the booze is well masked. Decent, but not worth the price.
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery.
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Mr_Pink_152 (942) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle from Melbourne Bros Stamford. Deep golden colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel and wood. The taste has warming sweetness almost brandy.
annunz123 (873) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wood, pipe tobacco, raisins, and molasses in the aroma. Sweet, bready flavor with caramel, raisins, and dark fruit. Some coffee/chocolate bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Tremendous.
SlimHabib (204) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Dark copper brown with a large creamy tan head. Raisin, toast, nuts, and dark fruits. Thick full body. Alcohol is well hidden, with a malt based taste and a strong dark fruit finish.
ARMed (609) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer really marks the start of the Holiday Season. It has a perfect balance between aroma, taste palate and appearance. The first sip reminds you of a mix between a candy cane, a well aged merlot and a plum. The sweetness of the balance is unbelievable. The alcohol is also very well hidden. The palate takes like a perfect fruit cake. A damn near perfect brew.
Tstamba (353) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle to a snifter. Hazy copper with off white head and lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, dark fruit, spice and toffee with a bit of funk. Complex flavors feature tart acidity, fruit and spice... Bittersweet warm finish... Very nice.
RobBestwick (595) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate and raisin aroma. Pours with a cloudy deep copper colour with a thick pale yellow head. Chocolate and rich fruit flavours. The texture is very rich and luxurious. Brown sugar and bitter notes in the finish. Fantastic.
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great brewery. Not my favorite of all the beers they brew. Aged in oak ale casks matured for over a year.
eduardovl (925) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served in a snifter chalice.
Brewed in 2012. Best before 2015. 8% ABV marked in the bottle.
A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a big, solid, thin bubbled beige head. Good retention and some few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top
S: Sweet, malty and fruity. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts and oak. Strong notes of grapes and dry dark fruits too. Remarkable bubblegum in the nose. Strong British character. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end
T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, candy sugar, caramel malts, oak, brown sugar, grapes, raisins, brown bread and tutti-fruit bubblegum. In overall, a slightly sweet taste
M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet malts and wood in the aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Another British masterpiece from Samuel Smith
[ BA Review @ 10/24/2013 ]