jackl (5816) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Deep brown color with an off-white head. The aroma’s dominated by the crystal malts with toffee and caramel coming through on the nose. The taste is light, a bit sweet and watery. The body’s medium. This is a pretty forgettable ale, but it’s not without some merit.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask 3 judges, ultimate glasgow tasting afters pub crawl. A particularly special ratings. A good balanced sweet spicey ale, very drinkable. My ratings says, " you talkin to me? You talking at me? Well there aint nobody else here, so it must be me your talking to scumbag!"
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Cask@The Shaftesbury, Richmond, London. This was very malty and sweet and not much else. Not really wintery or warming either, just a sticky syruppy flavour, lots of toffee/caramel, some brown sugar, to sweet and not entirely interesting.
SilkTork (5413) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Jan, 2004: Catford Ram - a Young’s pub. Pleasantly malty and sweet. Good balance and a humming harmony. Sort of honeyified, like a liquid Toblerone. [3.5]
Dec, 2004: Lamb, Bloomsbury - a Young’s pub. Butterscotch. Mouldy going into dark fruits. Mild dark hop finish. OK. London Xmas Crawl. [2.9]
Feb, 2005: Young’s brewery Tap. Soft toffee. Delicate, fresh. Pleasant. Sweetness builds to become cloying. [3.0]
Nov 9th 2007Trinity Tavern, Brixton This was the meeting point for the Sex Pistols gig. And we knocked back a few ordinaries, then tucked into the Winter Warmer before heading for the Beehive and getting hammered on Scorpio Porter. What a night! This one went down well. A solid tasting English Strong Ale, though only 5%. It really has the lovely firm mouthfeel that gives the impression this is much higher. Nicely done. [3.4]
Dec, 2010 Who’d Ha Thought It, Rochester. An OK beer, but way too much crystal malt. Tastes more like an Autumn Ale. Would like some dark malts for a winter warmer. Tastes damp and greasy in places. Ho hum. Drinkable enough, but a pint is the limit. [2.8]
berkshirejohn (5223) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Thatched House, London W11.Reddish chestnut body with a beige head; earthy malt aromas; nutty and fruity flavours, full and smooth; short strong bitter burst and then a sweetish finish.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Charlies, Copenhagen. Clear deep reddish colour with a small beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light spicy note. Malty, fruity flavor with notes of anise. Light dry and sweet finish.
BlackHaddock (4978) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another beer I hadn’t seen for a while: half-pint, hand-pulled in The Kings Arms, Oxford on 23rd Nov 13.
Pours a clear mid-amber with a beige like foam on top. Toasted malt and hedgerow berry aroma. Semi-sweet taste with subtle caramel maltiness, those berries again and hints of spices. Not as rich or heavy as I remember it ’back in the day’ when it was brewed in London. Glad we found each other again, even if we don’t really remember each other too well.
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Lamb Bloomsbury 7 Feb 08. Dark red / amber colored. Modest fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with hints of biscuit and fruit. Modest roasted aftertaste. Lacks strength to be a proper winter warmer.
Desverger (4309) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask@Pied Bull, Streatham, London (drunk in a comfy leather armchair next to a roaring open fire) - Pours a dark brown colour with a persistent frothy head and lacing. Dark roasted toasty malts, nutty, rich dark fruits, christmas cake like, some spice, slight caramel/toffee/choc, good mouthfeel. Almost back to as good as I remembered back in the early 90s (and certainly much better than over the last 5 years I have tried it)
Pyrmir (4279) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Abbey Tavern, London. Hazy copper color with coarse white head. Aroma malty; soap, flowers and grass. Taste is soapy and malty, roasted and lightly burned.