mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
Malty & fruity aroma. Interesting head. Roasty taste that has about the right depth, with maybe even a bit of chocolate. Best of the sheep. Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Deep brown beer with solid head. There's a high alcohol-brown sugar scent. The beer is very dry, woody, bitter and sharp. It leaves the same impression as an ice coffee. Pretty good strong ale. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Pours deep ruby with a firm rocky lacing tan head. Brown sugar malt, toasty hopped nose with notes of fresh citrus.
Some molases, medium roast. Lots of grapefruit hops and raisiny wine alcohol. Fair amount of depth. Caramel, vanilla, oil, leather, oak. Richens up as it warms. Salt, boullion, iron. Earthy woody sour finish. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark ruby red color with a medium, lacy and lasting, tanned head. Roasty, almost burned-malty, slightly wineous and oaky, licoricey coffee aroma with caramely toffee hints. Burned and roasty like a porter, yet wineous and oaky, and with a quite bitter, dry finish - very interesting and complex. Long, bitter and burned aftertaste. Medium-bodied, soft-carbonated, bitter and roasty palate. Surprisingly complex, balanced and enjoyable, without being too heavy. No signs of alcohol here. Excellent brew, especially for an English one (the best English brew I’ve had so far)! I only wish they imported this to Finland, too... mantavani (7) - ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006 does not count
Solid, tasty, toffee ale. Malty, slightly dry taste with a sweet aftertaste. Strikingly harsh from the bottle compared to the cask, though this is more of an interesting variation than a bad thing. Be sure to serve at the correct temperature; this ale is particularly sensitive.
elav8 (4) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2006 does not count
Great full bodied beer, dark and slighty creamy. Decent head on this beer. was vey impressed. SarkyNorthener (4562) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head that reduces with time. Aroma of roasted malts, port and chocolate. The taste is of dark fruits, port, chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of treacle. Medium bodied and chewy. A lot going on with this one. I have drunk this many times in the past but never really took time to realise the different layers involved in this. Excellent. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Overall it's not too shabby. Good malts and hoppiness, albeit a bit thin. Nice ESB-like slipperiness.
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Ghost. Interesting bastard of a brew. Smelled like some type of wood, and there are multiple tastes swirling around inside this one. Some type of fruit, and......mint snuff? Yikes! Definitely mint Skoal inparticular. not that that is a bad thing per se. I’d buy it again. Highly enjoyable. McWorta (1627) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 2, 2006
A nice classic header with a hint of toast/bread.
A pitch black with a tanned foam.
A medium bitter taste going into a stout-porter direction, very appealing.
A full body with a light creamy texture, soft carbonation, and lightly in fizzynes with a long finish.
Overall a very pleasant and astonishing tasting beer.