mkel07 (5980) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2016
030116. This English dark ale is a drop worth hunting down as it is loaded with flavour and carries a long strong finish. I picked up this 500ml bottle at Cool Wine in Hobart a few months back and I am glad that I did.
More malty than hoppy or bitter the beer pours a translucent copper colour with a thick head that settles and thins out after a while. There is caramel and some toffee aromas in the nose, with some vanilla hiding in the background.
The flavour very much mirrors the aroma , with some spiced fruit thrown into the mix, and the beer while initially thin in the mouths builds to a creamy mouthfeel. At 5.3% ABV it is certainly very drinkable. pilsnerrogge (2948) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Ruby red colour, firm, beige head. Chocolately, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolately flavour. As the beer gets warmer a slight smokiness can be detected. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
The one I am rating is old. Ruby red in color pours with a thick head. Smell like an ESB, fruity, malty and with Northern Brewer and/or KentGolding Hops. Tastes carmelly and bitter. Acidic finish. Good Beer! bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2005
Clear deep reddy amber body with an off-white head and good trails of lacing. Excellent aroma - malts-roasted, plus fruity notes. Smooth medium body but thin mouthfeel, soft carbonation, raisin, soft sweet liquorice, pepper, maybe cinnamon, can’t find the chocolate that other raters mention but can see where they are coming from. This beer was drunk at just the right temperature, I only wish I had a proper thermometer so I could take a note at which temperature it was served at, for future reference. outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Pint bottle. The beer pours a rich mahogany brown with a decentlly structured beige head. There are notes of leather, toasted oak, pumpernickel bread, and stewed cherries. Any hint of sweetness is well intigrated with a solid backbone of darker malt and a slightly charry character. A lovely beer for the style.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Dark ruby color, when seen through the light, otherwise, it’s a ruddy caramel hue, sitting under a slim ring of cocoa foam.
Dark fruit abounds in the nose, rich, sweet, and ebullient, grape and black cherry, with caramel and nuts riding along. Quite nice.
"Dark and beautifully smooth," reads the label, below a depiction of the titular ape, and smooth is right. Slides right in the mouth and lolls about the palate. A lush maltiness, with a perfect integration. Just a whisper of hop, very easy on the tongue, and not too sweet, either. Texture and mouthfeel is no challenge, either. For this ale, it’s all about the unique malty flavor and the flawless drinkability.
At over $5 for a 500ml bottle, I won’t be visiting this too often, but I do recommend it. Not bad in the least. johndoughty (5449) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Dark with a very inviting malty aroma upon opening.Full bodied with an intersting mixture of flavours.Slightly burnt but subtle as well.Informative and intersting label.Quite impressive. Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
Cask @ Bricklayers Arms, Yorkshire BF ’08. Brown / red colour. Aromas of dark fruits, citrus, honey. Taste is sweet, malty, citrus, cherry. This is pretty nice, vaguely like an Old Ale. BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Hand pulled pint at a Spoons in Tamworth before a Grimsby Town night match on 27th March 2012.
Ruby/mid-brown coloured brew with an off-white head of closely knit bubbles.
Aroma was both malty and fruity.
Taste wise: it was again malty and fruity, a drier hop bitterness comes late on the palate but this is a primary a malty brew. Body depth is good and the alcohol sits well within the whole feel. Holmen1 (5885) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff jan-15: kort storboblet skum over en mørk rubinrød øl med en portvinsaktig aroma og smak, drapert i en slank og elegant kappe av maltsødme og humlebitterhet. Stor drikkeglede i 5,2%.