alobar (4015) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear bownish amber color wityh almost no head. Average lacing. Malty and hoppy aroma with some caramel present. I expected it to be "stronger." But a decent beer nonetheless. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle from Shigadeyo. Thanks butthole. Dark amber pour with a dense off white retentive head. Medium bodied, without the wateriness of the cask version. Aroma of caramel and wet malt grains. Initial flavor has a blend of toffee and caramel, with just a hint of nuts. This is countered by a soft spicy and herbal hop middle. More bitterness on the finish compared to the cask, and perhaps more tea notes as well. While this has a tad more heft, I found the cask more enjoyable as it was fresh and smoother on the finish. Pasteurization takes away some of the qualities I like in this beer. However, this bottles much better than many other British beers. gowdy (1116) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle at parent’s home. bread, brown, aminimal head, medium bitterness, average carbonation, medium body, mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
[784-20071028] 500mL (w/ jerc, tuqueboy). Grainy beer yeast aroma. Clear, dark red brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Citrus bitter bite flavour has a little grainy grass. Medium body is bitter initially. Nice bitter. jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a dark red with off white head. The aroma is full of sweet malt notes. Flavor has some berry flavor along with some bitterness. Nice finish.
shoestring (443) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2007
Very nice indeed.
Pours a deep deep ruby with a large foamy, lasting thick rich head. ’Rich’ is the word for it indeed. What a looker. Nice deep raisiny, malty fruity intense aroma.
Nice mouthfeel. Halfway through the pint and it a lovely and warming. Head still thick and foamy. mmmmm.
Tastes so rich and sweet malts. Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Ruby red colour, slightly hazy. Leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit cake and berries. Flavour is similar and the palate is rich and sweet. Quite a different drink from the cask version - it’s interesting to see the previous rater mentioning Young’s Old Nick - likewise I found this tasted like a weaker/milder version of a barley wine. I think I prefer the cask version, which is a good session drink for winter. If I’m going to go for a strong bottled ale, I’ll go for a proper barley wine or a Belgian Christmas ale. buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Thanks to Shigadeyo for this one. Pours a murky dark red/brown and has a small but lasting head. Aroma is rich malts, ripened fruits, ashy hints, mild licorice. Flavors of sweet candied malts and fruits, light oaky hints, molasses. Sort of reminded me of a milder Youngs Old Nick. Lightly dry and bitter in the finish. I liked this one alot. Thanks again Craig for this nice suprise. DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Brown, malty rich, heartwarming, bangers and mash style bitter.....makes me want to wear a paded elbow sportscoat. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours brown but has a fruity berry-like flavor amongst the malts in this chewy mix.