Stout4stout (31) - neath, WALES - OCT 30, 2014
Extraordinarily good beer - big on flavour.
Wonderful on the nose, like a fruit basket.
Very complex, bursting with flavour;
Melon, grapefruit, molasses, light-spices with slightly understated hop flavouring.
Drinks like a particularly good IPA. 500ml bottle.
And it’s 6.7% to boot!
Almost my new favourite beer. flying_pig (1695) - SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle (330ml, bottle conditioned version):johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Strong malt aroma to begin that is paired with a sweet and rather fruity aroma that has hints of darker fruits and a noticeable caramel smell that is quite pleasant. There is a little bit of apple, some spice and a touch of sugar.
A deep chestnut to copper colour with a small, foamy head that is slightly off-white in colour and settles to a thin lacing after a few minutes.
Very rich and sweet with a good mix of caramel, toffee and dark fruit to begin with, coupled with some sweet sugar and a rich, malty base. There is some dates and apple along with a hint of vanilla too.
Very smooth with a medium body and medium carbonation as well. There is some definite spice and a very slightly dry ending.
An excellent beer with tonnes going on and a beer that strikes a great balance between the rich malty flavours and the sweet, dark fruit like ones. The caramel that both the aroma and taste start with are a lot stronger than I would have expected but this is a beer that I will be seeking out again in the near future.
Bottle. Dark bronze appearance with a small head. Excellent malty flavour and a full flavour. Cannot believe that I am giving this score to a beer from the Marstons empire. Very rarely I say this about a beer they produce but it is certainly worth checking out.