Holmen2 (3916) - NORWAY - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 16.10.16. Mahogany. Beige head and lacing. Aroma of nuts, brittle and dark caramel. Similar taste, balanced with moderate bitterness. Very quaffable. Holmen1 (6304) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2016
Flaske (thanks, Cimbasso!), delt med Ovesen på slutten av bryggerdag: klar, rødlig mahogny med fint skum som varer. Deilig maltdrevet aroma og smak med liakris, kjeks og litt ristet brød. Behagelig, halvtørr bitterhet i avslutningen. En god esb. SarkyNorthener (4765) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2016
Bottle from co-op, Dudley. Mahogany beer with medium head. Aroma of malts, Earth and some spice. Taste is malts, toffee, spice and some smokey meat. Decent. zacgillbanks (5435) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle from Drinks Express, Low Fell, Gateshead. This is a copper coloured beer that pours with a large head of white foam. It has a chocolate and roasted nutty flavour with burnt toffee notes and a red fruity finish. Pretty good but a bit thin on the body. imdownthepub (15132) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Cask conditioned at Leicester Beer Festival ’15. Brown with white head. This proved to have quite a sweet maltiness to it with a boiled toffee background. It moves to fruitiness later. It’s ok rather than exciting.
johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Malty with spices in the background..Has a lot of presence considering its comparatively low strength. jmgreenuk (9864) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Connollys Wines, Solihull. Poured a clear deep reddish brown with a thin white head. The aroma is of malt and nuts. The flavour is medium bitter, fruity, spicy with caramel and nuts. A rather amazing beer really that needs to be tasted by more people! tommann (3900) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is chocolate, bitter coffee and dark fruity malt. Taste has liquorice to start with a strong coffee finish. BlackHaddock (7583) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
500ml Brown bottle, best before the end of May 2012: poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 28 Feb 2012.
Nice deep, dark Ruby red body, on top a creamy foaming head, both in colour and texture.
The chocolate malts could clearly be picked up in the nose, not so the Maris Otter or Crystal that were also mentioned on the label. Add a plum pudding smell to the chocolate and the aroma is about right.
The initial taste is chocolate malt sweet, but a large chunk of bitterness arrives soon afterwards with Fuggles and local Goldings giving their hop flavours full throttle.
The body is rich and warming, even though the alcohol is only 4.6% ABV: this is a true winters beer, you need a roaring fire and snow outside to fully appreciate how good it is. Hints of liquorice appear as the beer warms in the glass to add that little extra flavour to an already tasty beer.
I need to try this in cask form!
Fin (10823) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle picked up from The Hop Pocket, Bishops Frome, Herefordshire 28.11.10 consumed 02.12.10 Reddy brown in colour , quite smooth in the mouth with an expanding though slightly restrained bitterness. There is a little spent roasted coffee at the back of the mouth and a touch of spice in here. Nice beer. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3