KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a redish/brown with a small light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing.The aroma was of roasted caramel malts, a sweet leathery yeast, mild resin hops with notes of coffee. It tasted mildly sweet, smooth and malty at first and finished about the same except for a nice dose of coffee at the end with the flavor lingering a nice long time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and oily in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a VERY tasty bitter.
Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home, 24/11/15.
Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is overly sweet, vanilla, marzipan, toffee, sweet dark fruit notes.
Taste comprises biscuit malt, toffee, raisen, dark fruit, light cocoa.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok if a touch overly sweet, needs to be beefed up on the bitterness front.
uckelman (470) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear reddish brown. Small off-white head. Nutty, malty, jammy aroma. Medium-full body. Dry to sticky finish. Medium sweet, mildly bitter. Not bad.
One2remeber (213) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish brown, with an illuminating purple/tan hue. Frothy, off-white lasts for days. Hint of cardboard, oxidation, rich pale malt, prunes/raisins, dark grapes, bready, light toffee, honey on toast, beautiful blend of malty sweetness complexity. English type overly roasted caramel malts are subdued.
Big notes of chewy, candy caramel up front. CO2 is moderately high takes over, may be more perceived with oxidation present. Finishes with a fast transition to a pungent prune fruit explosion, before the taste quickly fades into a remotely dry finish. CO2 scrubs out a lot of the malt flavor, making for easier drinking. As it warms up, picking up a big fruity ester character (shampoo) with burnt caramel (golden grahams cereal)...yummy. Picking up a distinctive pear-like aroma after the "mild" malt presence tides down.
varanid99 (760) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown pour with a thick off-white head. Malty, toffee and some red fruit flavour. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, comes through a little dry at the end
DavidAust (109) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml into a nonic pint glass. Key to this is to have it around 10 degrees celsius or you won’t get the full flavour. Deep reddish brown colour with an off white (tan?) head. Head retention is good with consistent lacing. Malts, caramel, chocolate all coming through at different times. Mild carbonation, but sufficient and medium bodied. Smell a lot of caramel malts and no hint of hops on the nose despite the label saying otherwise. I do like this, but a bit expensive compared to some other brands of similar quality. Still great to have on a cold night whilst watching an English murder mystery.
ska (216) - ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle, dark amber/brown color, medium persistend beige head, caramel malt with roasted notes, balanced flavor,
medium body, finish with roasted notes, pleasant
altonbrownd (4590) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/18/2008 9:08:34 AM Bottle bought in London. Dark brown with tan head. Creamy with orange aftertase. Distinctive butterscotch taste. Also caramel. Quite powerful and enjoyable. Liked it.
DomD (196) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A malty red with mild bitter taste. Slight aroma of malt but not much else. Goes down easy, but is not very distinct.
nofearhatmatt (37) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice ruby red brown. A nice malty flavour which goes down smooth. Little but of hop in the middle.
Moravius (905) - Beijing, CHINA - OCT 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flasche (50 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Versandhandel. - Angenehmer aber (für ein Bitter) etwas zu milder Duft nach Karamelmalz und Toast mit schwach weiniger Frucht, mild herb-würzigem Hopfen und schwach seifiger Note. - Antrunk angenehm mild karamelmalzig mit Anklängen an Toastbrot und angenehmer aber etwas leerer obergäriger Fruchtigkeit (Mandarine). Milde, für meinen Geschmack zu milde hopfenwürzig-fruchtige, schwach erdige Hopfenaromen. Mild rezent, sahnig weich im Mund. Im Abgang milde fruchtige Hopfennoten. Zum Schluß hin doch ein wenig wäßrig. - Süffiges, rundes aber wenig bitteres und leider auch etwas dünnes Ale.