thewolf (12932) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a deep brown amber with a small creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is deep toffee, biscuits and caramel. Okay mouthfeel. Flavour is soft, caramel, toffee and a nice hoppiness. Extremely well-rounded. Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Bottle from Tesco, Wokingham. Poured a bright amber, with a thin, tight white head and some lacing. Malty aroma, with sweet brown sugar and damsons. Similar sweet, malt heavy flavours; toffee and brown bread. Very little hop character. Finish was grain, hay and the smallest amount of residual grassy hops. Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle:Deep red colour,with a bit flat head. Aroma of coffee,and a nice dry hopyness in the end.
Flavor issmokey,Irich Coffee mouth feeling, and burned sugar. Light to medium body,medium smokey finish.
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
August 07. 2005 by Morag and Donald in Scotland. Mahogany red with a nice head. The aroma is malty, and this is the major note in the flavour too, especially roasted malt. it has notes of caramel, fruit and aroma hops and a light, dry bitter finish. A bit on the thin side. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle bought at Kensington Wine Market here in Calgary. Dark in colour and balanced towards malt and not very hoppy for a bitter. Page 457 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 237 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2006
Dark brown with a beige head. Quite a faint malt aroma, so the strong, sweet, smokey malt taste is a surprise. Too much fizz. Slight bitterness, but the sweet malt lingers TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle, some carbonation when poured, a deep brown colour with a large fuffy beige head. Strong malty aroma with some hint of chocolate. Very rich on palate and caramal malt flavours. Agree with a lot of comments that it is too thin and has a little acidity. Still enkoyed the initial flavours, shame about the finish. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. Dark amberish ruby colour with mediumsized beige head. Malt and caramel in aroma. Flavour is roasted malts with sweet caramel. The roastiness is pretty deep down below. Wellbalanced though. mabjork (693) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. Ruby amber in colour. Minor beige head. there is a malty and rich aroma with ints of caramel. The flavour is burnt malty with a sweet caramel like taste. There is a sweet and dry aftertaste. Thanks to tbone_ for this one. ALLOVATE (3087) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2006
Notes are vague on this one. Tried it from the bottle and on cask at the same café in Inverness (rare, but a bonus!). Pours a sparkling, ruby chestnut with light carbonation and adorned by a thin white pad that held on tight. There is a little heather and kelp underlying its soft, woody malt and burnt toffee nose. It’s prickly in the mouth, possibly a bit too charged but this was all sorted out after a few quick swirls of the glass. A lingering puff of peat smoke joins some rough, woody and roasted malts on the palate. Sharp, raspy-bitter hops come in on the very brink of swallowing and it finishes off woody and dry. It’s a little all over the place but agreeable enough to quash the thirst. Not bad, but better from the cask. (50cL, 28/05/07, on the riverside, Inverness, Scotland)