Maris (1613) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2016 Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, - JUL 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy darkish amber pour wearing a fine off-white froth. Dark and rather complex sugars come off this heady, potent ale which unveils pleasantly fruity esters (strawberry, pear) and agreeably toasted malts. The toasted malts pretty much dominate the flavour profile, reminding of french toast, caramel, milk chocolate and cookies. For an 11% brew, the alcohol is certainly never overpowering. It provides a comfortable warmth, and one that fits the malty flavours nicely. Hops remain subtle, just a tad earthy, especially in this bottle which has seen more than a few moons. It makes the finish appear on the sweet side, the alcohol enhancing that impression, but the relatively lively carbonation decreasing it gently. Those bubbles do manage to thin out the thickness impression effectively, but then again cut through the richness as well. All in all, a pleasant sipper, but not profound enough to be contemplative.
From a 500ml bottle on 19/9/2016. Pours a cloudy brown with a small head. The nose features caramel, toffee and a bit of dark fruit. In the mouth, it’s a sweet and malty sipper - dates, prunes and Christmas cake up front with more caramel and toffee malt in the background. It features some mild vinous notes and has a sharp and reasonably pronounced bitterness, with a bit of resin in the mix. The texture is slightly syrupy and the carbonation is moderate. It comes across as pretty big, though perhaps not quite 11%. I paid under eight bucks for this, which represents excellent value. Quite complex and very enjoyable. Will definitely return for another. Hansen (8621) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2015
Amber coloured and clear Has a white head, medium duration. Heavy sweet, sugars, malts, toffee, caramel. Warming alcohol. Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours dark copper with a fading head.
Nose shows rich malt with fig and sultana notes. Some golden syrup too.
Rich malt flavours with brown sugar, soft booze and sultanas. Not overly sweet though, stopping short of being cloying. sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2014
Great aroma and colour but thin and very bitter dont think its likely to age well ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2014
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Looks good on first pour. A deep, fiery chestnut, just shy of bright, with a shiny, tight pad atop that does its best to hold. Big and boozy, sherry and brandy drenched nose brimming with light and dark stonefruit, hot, buttered toast, sticky marmalade, golden syrup and treacle. Unexpectedly light in body. The bottle I have now just a year old but it shows in the attenuation. Chewy yet lean with rich malts battered by a dry, boozy finish. Plenty of sherry with a burnt wine harboured in the aftertaste. Sweet, toffeeish, caramelised fruit front, a hint of butter, a hint of toasted bread and Anzac biscuits. Comes together well. Lasting bitter, burnt wine notes make it though. Not too shabby! (50cL, BB 14/06/15, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2014
50cl bottle pours with a slightly murky deep red amber-ish body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma is malty, prune-y, a bit of spicy black strap molasses, brown sugar and a bit of smooth aged ripe cherry meat. The taste begins with brown sugar, prunes and slightly spicy molasses covered dates. To midway it gets a bit more fruity with modest ripe cherry notes as well as a bit of sweet nuttiness joining in and helping take this to the finish. Pretty nice sipper where the big ABV seemed very well hidden. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle from DejaVu. Great, very spicy with good balance in the mouth and very long length. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2013
50cl bottle, 2012 vintage. Large beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, light vanilla, cognac/alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, some brown sugar/molasses, booze. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottled as "Yule Ale" from State Line. Pours dark caramel brown. Off white head. Nose and taste of sticky caramel candy, dark fruit, dank resin, alcohol soaked orange peel, dark sugar and malt. Full mouth feel. TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
dark amber, caramel aroma dominating, fruity hints. long bitter finish. first taste molasses and smooth mouthfeel