gilvanblight (731) - Windsor, Ontario, - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear brown pour with white head. Thick malty nose. What an odd mouth. Quite the mix of taste and flavours. It may be a bit much. I havenít decided yet. Sweet caramel at first, then a touch of bitterness thatís replaced by a really earthy malt. This is then replaced by a bit of a boozy burn. The aftertaste is roasty and lingers a bit too long. I do like the way the booziness kind of burns away the confusing beginning of the mouth. Itís a unique sensation but one I find I like. I prefer this quite a bit over Hobgoblin and Iím saddened that this is seasonal.
TBone (11281) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml @Beer Factory, Athens
Dark copper brown color, small steady beige head. Aroma has caramel, nuts, light spicey notes. Medium-bodied. Nutty malty, caramelly, very Fullers ESBish flavor. Short finish. Good drink but not very exiciting.
benfergy (184) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of red wine and wild yeast; as I sip I notice strong caramel malts. The taste is very balanced; nice level of sweetness. The palate is very smooth; also the mouth feel is very thick. Overall, a great beer!
TaxiDriver (1441) - Stadland, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The beer smells a little bit malty and bitter, later on also light sweet of bread. The head is medium large, pale beige and creamy-foamy with a normal duration. The body is red-brown. A malty taste, light bitter and weak alcoholic. The body is rather light, very creamy and a little bit oily with a soft carbonation.
BeerViking (1813) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown with a big though fast-settling off-white head and a candied fruit nose. Body is dryish and lightly hoppy at first, turning sweet with dark fruit and burnt sugar. More burnt bitter sugar in the finish, plus a smooth woodiness.
samzim (40) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Scent of apple, malt, and caramel. Clear copper colour. Slight sweetness with mild bitterness. Notes of malt, toffee, and vanilla. Medium body and lively carbonation.
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Clear and bright copper-amber with a finger of slightly off-white head that sticks around a bit longer than expected. Aroma is clean and balanced, with solid caramel malt, a bit of caramelized banana and dried fruit, an earthy tone, and twiggy hops with a hint of orange oil. Flavour is similarly balanced, with caramel and dried apricots to start, some baked apple and whisky-soaked raisins in the middle, and a surprisingly well-hopped finish with orange peel bitterness and a sight medicinal back note. Really enjoyable!
gegwilson (225) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Morrisonís. Deep amber ale with no head. Sweet fruity nose. Flavours of fruit cake, caramel and pear drop before a bit of a nothing finish. Something slightly saccharine in there too.Disappointing as i was expecting good things from this. Still a good beer, but not great.
mr_h (2093) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Morrisons, Ayr - clear brown, foamy cream head, some bubbles, sweet malty and caramel aroma, very poor lacing, sweet, caramel, high carbonation, short sweet malty finish
Onslow (1018) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 500ml bottle. Medium brown ale with sudsy white head. Aroma of malt and a little skunk. Taste is sweet malt start to finish. Not unpleasant but rather one dimensional and bland.
stevoj (1336) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting this be better than the Hobgoblin. Bland, slightly sweet and uninteresting. Decent look, as it has a nice head for an English ale, Aroma is caramel and sweet malt, taste is just faintly sweet malt. Taste dissipates quickly, some lingering candy sweetness remains. Disappointed in this.