ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, - NOV 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Starts with a whiff of tobacco going into dry roasted malt aromas with hints dark chocolate and fruity esters. Almost like a Belgian trappist. The body is dark mahogany sporting a white head with medium retention. The flavor start with malt sweetness going into a long succulent malt aftertaste with coffee and chocolate coming through. The beer lingers for a while with a combination of hops bitterness and caramel fudge before a warming sensation from the alcohol kicks in. Smooth but unspectacular mouth feel. A well crafted, balanced and tasty ale hiding its 9% ABV very well. However it could be more complex.
mR_fr0g (3437) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s mid-week lasting 03/07/14. Tha haanks to Craig. Caramel / mahogany brown coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is nice liquorice, berries, caramel. Touch of age on the nose , cardboard. Flavour is swweet liquorice, touch of smoke, caramel, dried fruits. Palate is fullish body, sweet. Solid.
McNeillR (1249) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive soft dried fruit, a lot but not firm - breezy oaty and light clove. Initial taste is rich dipped McVitives with a terse darkened malt and oily sweetness. Sweet, half-melted toffee and a light milky cup of tea. Finishes smooth, brown sugar sweet and bright fading bitterness.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
allmyvinyl (3717) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark red brown with no head. Aromas of fruit cake, dried fruit. Taste is sweet, light spice, boozy, port like. Texture is thin, medium body. Finishes boozy, touch oxidised but nice.
BenH (2403) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. Very dark mahogany brown with a red tinge. Aroma of sherry, dried fruit, oxidised, dates. Taste of dried fruit, dates, toffee. sweet and syrupy. Nice
Rasmus40 (11523) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kihoskh. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vinous and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with a little warming alcohol. Very soft. 100814
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso going Dutch tasting, 03/07/14.
Chestnut brown with a moderate lght tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is light smoke, dark malts, toffee, light peat, dates, spice.
Taste comprises dark toffee, very light oxidisation, fruit cake mix, spice, caramelised sugars.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close with light booze.
Ok barley wine, perhaps a little tired now but still eminently drinkable. The 9% ABV is well integrated.
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisO’s. Clear deep red - amber beer. Small bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is light and a little airy. Modest fine carbonation. Tangy toffee laden malts. Whispers of tangy dark chocolate and dried fruits. Trace of mellow cognac, slightly sourish. Light dry finish. Not bas at all.
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig on heat tasting. Dark ruby lasting beige head. Sticky sweet malt aroma. some oxidisation and soy sauce. Ok.
Leighton (11447) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s - many thanks to Craig for this one. Pours clear garnet with a frothy, light tan head. The nose holds old bread, some sweat, aged berries. Medium sweet flavor with nips of oxidation, fruitcake, raisins, toffee, figs. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and oily texture. Sweet finish with fruitcake, old toffee, dried fruits, berries. Certainly some oxidation present but the overall beer is wonderful.
Stuu666 (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014 Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet caramel, a bit thin, little cardboard, light fruit, dry toffee.