tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2008. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin white head. Strong roast grain note lingers long in the nose. Thick creamy texture to the smooth mouthfeel. Poor lacing throughout. Dark malts give a burnt toast note at the start which fades to give roast flavours of milky coffee and tablet. Moist maltloaf base gives a syrupy dates, sultanas and molasses, sweet in the mouth. Very slight prickle of hop resins noted briefly in the short aftertaste. Finish is very heavy and malty with vinous fruit notes of prunes and treacle toffee. This is an excellent English Strong Ale, though hard to find in Scotland. Highly recommended.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Penguin Beer Bobbing/13 Beers of Halloween tasting. Good yeasty apple, cranberry and coal aroma. Burgundy under a dense creamy tan collar. Mellow and balanced with dusty cocoa, roast, apple peel, plastic. Solid tasty stuff.
imdownthepub (9163) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from Tipples bottle Shop, Norwich. Dark brown, ruby with brownish head. I opened this with trepidation as my previous Tipples bottled beers had been a disaster, however; I needn’t have worried, this was full malty, coffee, chocolate with sweet undertones, it was a decent beer, good stuff.
omhper (18329) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
<i>Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. </i> Cloudy dark nut brown, small coarse head. Fruity roasty nose with some bubblegum. Fairly sweet with velvetty soft mouthfeel. Chewy, gently roasty malt gives a mouthfilling solid body and pleasant flavors of wheat bread, spuns sugar and chocolate. Gently warming finish with some light coffee bitterness.
Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 10 Nov 2008) Very dark ruby colour, almost black, with brief foamy brown head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, wild berries and hints of port. Malty, fruity taste with chocolate, sweetened black coffee and dark fruit. Medium body, fairly sweet. Low carbonation makes it quite flat. Nicely balanced with a bittersweet finish. In short: bittersweet fruit and chocolate with a touch of port.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Clear reddish brown almost with no head. Aroma of hard roasted malt. Medium body with an almost absent carbonation, hard roasted malts and sweet dried fruit. Has a light malt bitterness in the finish. 230808
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, thx to Brugmansia. Pours a clear, dark brown body with just some beige bubbles for a head. Roasted, bonfire sour, dusty nose with some coffee. The flavor isn’t very pleasant, it has a strange sourish bonfire taste, and some coffee and roasted malt pulling in the right direction. Medium body, flat and dry. The finish goes in the same direction as the initial flavor. Gone bad? At least it didn’t suit my palate. (080823)
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella. Deep dark brown colour with a short head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bit coffee and caramel. Soft pleasant mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of chocolate with a good soft roasty maltiness, coffee and caramel. Dry roasty malty chocolate finish.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
TFODRBSG08 Courtesy of Brugmansia. The color is dark brown with a red hue. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and a little chocolate. The mouthfeel is flat and the flavour has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a light sweetness and hints of fruit. It’s hard to believe, that this isn’t a porter.
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Ulfborg RB tasting. Thanks Brugmansia! Poured dark brown with no head. Roasty aroma with some chocolate. Flavour is roasty malts with coffee and chocolate notes. No carbonation.