Simeon (2) - Derby, - JUN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This ale is so dark it can only be described as crepuscule.
this stygian brew with its warm, nutty, fruity, chocolate and more than just a tiny hint of cinnamon flavour begs to be consumed on frosty yuletide evening in the company of close friends.
A log fire burns gently at the back of ones mind as the dark liquid easily flows from the flagon to the heart.
This ale can be compared to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens where warmth and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. be that Man or Brew.
one thing is for sure this ale will leave you in no doubt that christmas is here to stay.
jamesie1857 (1857) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Sheaf View, Heeley... on Boxing Day. - Deep cloudy brown body, thin white head. Nose is spicy and fruity with some light hoppy notes. Taste is spicy as well, berries, some liquorice and dark chocolate. Quite nice for that time of year.
Towey1989 (1505) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cast at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A deep brown colour with a thick white head. Aroma of chocolate, raisin, soft toffee, a little smoke and subtle roasted malts. Taste of roasted malts, raisin, maybe prunes, some coffee, soft toffee, slight chocolate, a little smoke and subtle, late herbal hops. Medium to full bodied and soft carbonation. A lingering, fruity, roasted bitterness in the finish. A smooth, chocolatey, roasty, fruity Christmas beer. Decent flavours with a hint of smoke and quite easy drinking for a 6.3. Good.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Wilkes Head, Leek. Pours black brown with little head. Quite thin on the palate but some nice smoke, spice and easy drinking for the ABV. Tasted more like a strong mild to me.
Ungstrup (33414) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Marble Arch, Manchester. A hazy red-brown beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry and lightly roasted finish.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Marble Arch Inn, Manchester. Deep dark brown with good thick off white head, good lace. Flavour is quite mellow, often a good thing aiding the whole neckability. Watching TUF 8 Junie Browning must die.
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) @ Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester England M4 4HY.
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, coffee, prunes. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Marble. Black mahogany with a thin but very stable beige head and great condition. Lovely dark chewy malt with plenty of coffee and roasted nutty notes. Some liquorice. Tarty fruity finish. Clean. Drinkable. Excellent.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Derby Winter Beer Festival 2009. This nearly black beer has an enjoyable rich consistency. The flavours include aniseed and burnt sugar. Oddly, it reminded me somewhat of pumpernickel bread.
RichardGretton (4576) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Derby Winter Beer Festival, 2009. Blackish/reddish beer with a smokey and fishy aroma. The flavour is herbal, fishy and smokey. Overall a plain smokey beer with a weird element of fishiness about it.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (gravity) Notts BF 2005. Bliss. Solid black, big malts and lurking hops, wet tar, good chocolate, berries steeped in alcohol - there’s plenty going on here and it comes together wonderfully. <!-- br --><!-- br -->You can still buy this in the middle of summer round here at a Whim pub - and it tastes just as good.