Jimthechap (1331) - Christchurch, - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown-ruby colour with a cram-latte coloured head on it that leaves good lace down the glass. Aromas of dates, port, old wines and sultanas. It has a full, rich curranty aroma that you donít get in a fly by night ale. Also aromas of rosehip and dark cherries. Good body and mouthfeel with flavours of sherried Christmas cake, maybe even a bit of rum. At the forefront of rich fruit and nut chocolate and lip smacking dessert. Bitter? Thereís a little, but the predominance is of berries, rosehip and even a dusting of allspice. A lingering finish of those fruitcake flavours. Cool in the mouth and tingly, pleasant. What I like is the richness and style of this beer. What I didnít like was... was... well, there was nothing not to like.
Niall73 (709) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Weird, I could have sworn I'd rated this. Pleased I checked. Pours a very dark amber/brown colour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, dark toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lots of figgy dark fruits, dark toffee, a little apple, hint if citrus. Mild bitterness. Nice.
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DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellarís summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that itís a weak beer, but it just seems thereís not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like itís a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.
indrekson (6) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really smooth and nice dark ale for that stenght. Aftertaste had some coffe flavor
klaing (86) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An old favorite. Rich dark chocolate with banana and pear. Well balanced hoppiness, but a low enough ABV to enjoy more than one. Been drinking since the late 70's.
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dfinney23 (1269) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and malty but light on the tongue. Fruity sweetness with a touch of hop bitter.
longcasepaul (7) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
liquid chocolate toffee,flat,dark,with tan foam head.a very bitter after taste,good availability in supermarkets.
gegwilson (265) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tesco. Pours a dark mahogany colour with a quickly dissipating tan head. No particularly strong aromas, but lots of flavour. Toffee, fruit cake, sherry notes, buterscotch and vanilla all combine for one very flavoursome ale. This has always been a favourite. and still tastes great.
Konpaku (8) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very chocolatety aroma. Pours thick and dark with a short lasting off-white head. Tastes sweet and bitter, like dark chocolate. Very nice.
beertholomeus (382) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber color with a khaki head. Caramel, toffee, biscuit, malt and earthy hop aroma. Malt, caramel, biscuit, toffee, earthy hop, fruit and slight chocolate flavors. Medium body with low carbonation and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. Dry malty finish.
crossovert (5695) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent brew. Almost a staleish brew, some dark malts, very light, heavy english ale yeast.