Brewed by Shepherd Neame
Style: English Strong Ale
Faversham, England


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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Filtered.
There’s a spicy signature to this incredibly complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while the palate is vinous with tannin-like notes of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop.

Russo's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (1912) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, - JAN 13, 2013
Amber color with a nice off-white head, keeping a good lacing. Aroma is quite spicy, hints of alcohol. FLavor is malty and again hints of alcohol and some caramel. Mouthfeel is bitter. Good one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Derek881 (1175) - Kiev, UKRAINE - SEP 19, 2015
Poured from the bottle purchased in Croatia into a regular glass to drink. The beer had a copper-orange color with a modest foamy white head, with modest retention, and lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured floral and pine hops along with a strong malty presence and touches of fig, barley, raisins, and alcohol. The beer had a sweet floral and fruity malt taste along with some sour earthy and floral notes and a bit of yeast. It had a wet and watery body with light to average carbonation and a slight presence of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (6229) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with a thin head. Strong, full bodied with a lightly spiced winter fruitiness. Has some sugar in here too, certainly noticeable in its nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml from Konzum, Zagreb. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Caramel malty, spicy, light bodied, watery, dry finish. Bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (1149) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2015
DWFID; Bottle 500ml. Pours moderate, clear copper with a lasting, lacing frothy creamy, off-white to tan head. Nose is roasted malt, caramel, coffee and spice, light dark, dried fruit, perfumed and mettalic. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a lasting sweet, warming, slight mettalic finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darioklc (576) - Karlovac, CROATIA - MAR 20, 2015
Nice amber color with a finger foam on the top. Aroma is great, like ale should have. It is mildly bitter, not so much alcohol taste. I’ve enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bartlebier (2760) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2015
Bulkacious 500 bottle, Xmas ’14 surprise. Caramel orange pour, nicely sticky white head. Caramel sugar, a good whiff of brandy alcohol and orange zest marmelade malts in aroma. Taste sets off lean and inviting with more orange cordial, walnuts, slender toast, then suddenly pierced by brandy alcohol and overpowered in the offset by massive hop and walnut bitterness, dominating into the finish, making a new sweeter sip necessary. Hence a bit unbalanced, - was expecting more of the advertised apricots in armagnac.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1837) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
Courtesy of Bartlebier, thank you Franck! Couleur cuivrée, très légère mousse. Nez caramel, un peu cremeux, note d’épices. Gout de caramel, un peu grillé et fort houblon amer en fin de bouche, note malt doux et alcool. Corps moyen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crlnts (385) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Amber, clear, malty. Dates, light oxydation. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness. ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle (Konzum); pours dark amber with an off white head; aroma malt, holiday spices, and a hint of caramel; taste is sweet with caramel and malt; finish more sweet than bitter; not bad but not great either

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
veceo (910) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Hazy deep amber color, average sized off white head. Aroma of yeast, red fruits (raspberries) and malt. Medium to full body, lively carbonation. Sweet, dry and relatively bitter finish. Flat and without any real character, but aroma and body are just fine.

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