jjsint (652) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Olde Sun, St Neots. Light to mid brown, clear. Full white head. Toffee/caramel and alcohol in the nose: smells stronger than 5%. Multi-layered taste: the initial sweetness masks an intense bitter edge. Apparently now only available during the Christmas period, so seek it out while you can.
BlackHaddock (3496) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned: 500ml’s best before the end of Oct 2012, some 5 days away. The beer is 5% ABV and was poured slowly @ home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard.
No sediment left the bottle in my gentle pour: clear, bright, chestnut reddish body, the head a full covering of white foam which hung around for the duration of the tasting.
Feels and smells like a ’winter warmer’ sort of beer, rich, woody and Christmassy. The malts are roasted and full flavoured in the aroma and taste, toffee being the main maltiness I got. Fruity hop notes in the mix as well, a liquid toffee apple with extra candid fruits as the beer warms in the glass.
The actual body depth isn’t that heavy or full, but the flavours carry the beer nicely and the 5% ABV sits well overall.
RichardW (1457) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask, JDW, Carlisle. Toffee-tasting amber beer that lacks any great aroma. Sadly, quite bland, with an almost synthetic sugariness on the tongue. Some late fruitiness saves a bit of face, but generally disappointing.
mr_h (2741) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - pours clear brown ale with a nutty malt aroma, served a bit cold, flavour has a hint of fruit, smooth to drink, a bit bland
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Copper amber..clear..thin white head...some lacing
Aroma of fruity malts and berries
Taste of caramel malt..some biscuity malt...fruity berries...hint of blackcurrant...hedgerow hops...hint of yeast...fair amount of flavour here
Palate...soft carb...some sweet fruitiness....light bitter
Finish - same as main flavour but more intense...some biscuit malt and yeast in the tail
Overall - Solid quite fruity premium bitter with some depth in the flavour
berkshirejohn (4396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at the Lord Moon of the Mall (JDW), Whitehall. Not much going on with this - amber gold with a thin cream head; no noticable aroma; grainy body, sweet fruity flavour; and no real finish.
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. A sweet fruity beer. Light berries throughout. Fairly pleasant in the mouth if not a little too sweet. Fruits are nice.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Caramel, with dried fruit and roasted nuts
A - Copper gold, with thin white head
T - Sweet with light roasted bitter
P - Medium to full and soft
O - A brown ale
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ GBBF 2010. Pours an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Fruity malty carmel flavor with hoppy hins. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.
oh6gdx (20239) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@GBBF2010. Orangeish amber colour with small slightly off-white head. Aroma is bready and caramelly malty along with some slight fruityness, sap, wood and mild syrupy notes as well. Flavour is quite similar, but has a very nice underlying bitterness, which gives the beer a nice kick in the finish. Smooth and pleasant.