tommann (3004) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle at 7.4%. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is bready, nutmeg, other Christmas spice and a little coffee. Taste has spice and coffee to start. Bready finish with some coffee on the aftertaste.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in December 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with mahogany highlights and a thin creamy white head. Strong aroma of liquorice and port. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives huge booming maltloaf base with molasses, damsons and black cherries evident. There is a very slight prickle of hop resins in the aftertaste but this is very difficult to detect. Finish is very warming and complex with strong overtures of alchoholic notes of port, plum brandy and Grand Marnier slipping easily down the throat. Dangerously drinkable Barley Wine and highly recommended but very hard to find in Scotland.
Martin243 (894) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served at cellar temprature in a chalice. Orangey brown with a white head. Yeasty aroma, marmalade and dundee cake flavours. Big and sticky with warming alcohol. Reminded me of Belhaven Wee Heavy. Nice beer.
AshtonMcCobb (3925) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a lovely mahogany with a nicely proportioned head. Looks great! The nose has a hint of cheese, some old dusty cellar. The taste has malt, spice, honey and a dry malty finish. The palate has a medium body with a big malty texture and a dry malty finish. Overall, a nicely balanced and well made beer.
charlotte (4748) - rødovre, DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Dark brown/reddish colour with aroma of fruite cake carmel and spices,nice warming and fruity with dried fruits and caramel,some coffee flavor and medium body,really nice type of beer.
Dedwoods42 (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wickedly strong ale that wrecks the senses and explodes with flavours. A personal favourite.
Beersiveknown (3925) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@theydon-bois tasting. Rich spicy tracle pudding, quite sweet red-amber, touch of cara astringency 7.4%
daniele (6510) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambrato carico riflrssi nocciola buona schiima discreta persistrnza naso fruttato frutta secca scorza arancia leggeta dpeziatuta discreto corpo spezoata fruttata noci finale tenfente all amaro
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Dispensary, Liverpool. Murky brown colour with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma was dark fruit, sweet malt and spices. Similarly sweet, verging on cloying flavour, with notes of toffee, butterscotch, fruits and clove. Boozy finish with some bitterness. All a bit muddled.
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown bottle, best before end of Feb 2011, reviewed 30 Dec 2010. Poured into an ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard. This a bottle conditioned beer, so it was poured carefully and slowly.
Dark red in colour, clear and clean. On top a small off-white crown.
Lambic, sour aroma with plums and sweet malts coming as the beer warmed.
The taste was rich, Christmas pudding type flavours with all sorts of fruit coming into play. Yet that lambic sourness in the smell also had a huge impact on the taste and mouthfeel too. The combination of the richness and lambic feel made this an interesting and certainly different beer.
When cold this beer was poor, but as it warmed it became better and better.