cage.79 (78) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2018 jduck1979 (40) - Whitby, North Yorkshire, - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Described (as far as I recall) by top British TV chef Rick Stein as "Britain’s Best Beer". However I found it to have marmite like qualities - it takes a bit of getting used to, and you’ll either like it or hate it.
I remember it being a bit a bit on the thick & sickly side.
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2018 Bottle. Ruby red beer with thick foamy head that clings to glass and laces. Aroma of alcohol soaked fruit. Taste is rum and raisin, bonfire toffee - delicious. Bottle from back of pantry at least 6 months out of date but tasted better than ever! Had this on cask recently (in Suffolk of all places!) and was disappointed, but this bottle was lovely. rayaron (2185) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2018
Bottle sample at a tasting at Yoav's place. Thanks Oren. Clear deep copper with beige head. The aroma has notes of coffee, ash, some roastiness and dried fruits. Sweet and sourish flavor with notes of caramel, ash, coffee, roast, lemon, a bit alcoholic. Slightly dry, medium-bodied. zvsn (2483) - ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2018
Bottle at a tasting, thanks tomer. Amber-brown color. Malty, caramel, honey, dark bread, prunes, nuts, alcohol, a bit too sweet. Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, a bit syrupy. tomer (3932) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2018
At a tasting, small bubbly creamy head, aroma of nut caramel and brown bread, caramel vanila flavor with some nuts, light bitterness. Fair but not too exciting. robinshute123 (91) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2018
this is a lovely looking strong dark ruby beer. sent is of fruit cake, toffee and caramel. A sweet malty beer with hints of Fruit cake, toffee and chocolate. a really nice big body and strong traditional English ale .
Zlotta (4384) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2018
0.5 l bottle from 'The English Shop' (Dortmund), bottled in August 2017. Clear, ruby with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, light beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity and a bit herbal-grassy aroma of plums, tea leaves, raisins, some blackberries and a touch of licorice. Quite sweet, malty, slightly bitter, herbal-grassy and slightly fruity taste of molasses, blackberries, plums, tea leaves and some licorice, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, quite herbal-grassy and dry finish. Medium to full body, smooth, slightly oily and moderately effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Good! Davros IX (635) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2018 Bottle at home while watching World's Strongest Man. A good head to the beer and a lovely dark colour. The flavour was all malt and caramel and a big hit of alcohol. This is a classic winter beer and was very good. nybol (2611) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2017
En smag af karamel, og en blomsterhumlet eftersmag. Helt fin brug af humle til eftersmagen. deepdrinker (385) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 historical back log rating so no notes on aroma / taste / palate . Just the rating saved Idiosynkrasie (8418) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2017
500ml bottle [from a trade with Grumbo - thanks a lot Graham!]. Clear, chestnut colour with ruby glimmer and average, thick, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, off-white to beige head. Mellow malty and fruity hoppy aroma, notes of cherry and red berries, a touch of plum, malty background with a touch of toffee. Taste is slightly sweet malty, minimally earthy, nutty, a touch of toffee, caramel, fruity hoppy hints of cherry and red berries, some plum. Very clean and balanced.