queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smoky caramel malt aroma. Chestnut with a thin skiff of bubbles. Smooth, smoky earthy malt flavor. Medium body, flat carbonation, Really nice easy drinking beer.
hawthorne00 (2107) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark red brown with n off-white head. Aroma of dried fruits and burnt sugar, a little chocolate. Light-bodied. More chocolate in the taste than suggested by the aroma, dried fruit, singed toffee.
ComradeK (860) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves a little lacing. Faint leafy hops and hazelnut aromas are dominated by strong burnt toffee. Leafy, slightly fruity hops up front give way to strong burnt toffee and savoury hazelnut in the mid-palate. A touch of espresso bitterness joins these flavours in the finish. Whilst burnt toffee is the dominant characteristic of this beer, its more savoury flavours keep it nicely in balance, making for a pleasant old ale.
Thebeerdude (29) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off-white head, aroma rich with nutty malts: caramel, coffee, toffee, chocolate. Sweet malty taste much the same with a lasting lightly bitter finish, smooth and creamy but not enough to compare to real Belgian styles.
BantamSpirit (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this at the Bees Knees at the Springhead Brewery itself. This could be my lounge! Couldn’t wait to taste it but spent a few seconds on the smell...caramel, chocolate, toast, earthy, vanilla. the opened my eyes and had a look...black, clear, tan foam,. Then the first mouthful...medium sweetness, lightly bitter.... full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
The best at the brewery...but my opinion!
RichTheVillan (1648) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Wetherspoons; deep black small with a coffee and roast malt aroma. Quite pleasant taste coffee, winter berrie, with a slight sour background.
SarkyNorthener (1094) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@theimperial. Walsall. Dark Brown with beige head. Aroma is of dark Malta, not very strong though. Taste is of caramel, treacle and dark Malts. Medium bodied, would be better if it was a thicker body. A good beer but not a style I would drink normally.
stravale (1706) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2012 Take 2 - Cask @ JDW Elgin 200912
It’s going up to 3.6 - really nice good flavour malty beer
Cask @ The Five Swans JDW, Newcastle 070912
Caramel brown. dense off white head
Aroma - dark caramel malts, some dark toffee malts, hint of chocolate
Taste - dark caramel malts, toffee, mainly malty, caramelised sugars, touch of mars bar, nice malt flavours, fairly simple but does it well
Palate - soft carb, medium body. Smooth and malty. Finish as main flavour, bit more burnt toffee malts, nice lingering toffee malt
Overall - A pleasant, easy, good tasting malty ale
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly burnt toffee malt and hay aroma. Chestnut with small head. Lightly smoky toffee malt and mildly bitter grass/hay hops flavor. Nice body. A very nice old ale.
swooper (1243) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, smells amazing, roasty aroma, with chocolate and choffee tones. dark amber, ruby,clear, nice compact brown foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, not many from the aroma is in the taste, good balanced flavour, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, nice beer