bgreene (4) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2003 does not count
Deep, dark, ruby red stout with a mellow fruitcake maltiness. Truly amazing. Redefined my concept of a stoudt. 1999 Winter beer of Britain champion. LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2008
Caught this fellow after bagging a few birds in the Lakes. A fine stout, I would say, even though Lady Crabapple is the expert on such matters. Perpignan73 (42) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2016
500ml bottle, chilled, poured into a pint glass at home; Appears black, but clear dark red on inspection; tan head; aroma of malt, bread, spice, raisin and possibly a hint of rubber and/or tobacco; rich sweet, malty taste, raisin, chocolate reminiscent of fruit cake or fruit & nut; balanced, smooth, long finish which belies its relatively high abv. Left a lingering taste around mouth. A top class stout. leaparsons (10695) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2002
Dark and dangerous. A well brewed stout with everything done well. Chocolate , raisins and coffee abound. Dry and moreish. Sigmund (7825) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2007
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Dent t’Owd Tup was voted Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 1999, a fact that is still proudly displayed on the label. Black colour, reddish brown in the highlights. Decent creamy tan head, does not last forever. Moderate but very nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee, hints of chocolate, leather and plums. Concerning the flavour, for once I find it appropriate to quote the commercial description / tasting notes: "The dominant roast character is balanced by a warming sweetness and a raisiny, fruit-cake taste which lingers on into the long aftertaste, making this a very satisfying drink." Pretty much spot on, if you ask me. A combination of maltiness and fruitiness carries the beer through, and Northdown hops are used for both aroma and flavour. Good stuff!
tombyars (1749) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2011
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2007. Cask, gravity dispense. Black mahogany in colour with a thin buff tan head. Rich roast coffee beans in the long aroma. Thick mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt gives strong roast malt notes with coffee and grain evident. Sweet syrupy raisins, dates, dark plum and tiffin cake are also present in the base. There is a slight bitter note of spicy hop resins in the brief aftertaste. Malt returns rapidly with rich treacle toffee and bitter chocolate notes in the sweet but robust finish. An old fashioned stout full of mature flavours. This was a really popular choice at the Troon BF. Highly recommended and worth seeking out. rauchbier (3925) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2002
Bottled version. Calling it a stout misleads slightly as it is more reminiscent of a weak barley wine. It is almost black but the head doesent last very long and the main aromas were like a big fruitcake topped with hop resin. More fruity malt, caramel, toffee, esters and hop in the mouth and a sweet smooth finish. Altogether a well crafted ale. RobBestwick (951) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
roasted coffee/chocolate aroma, v dark ruby hue with an off white head, malty fruitcake like flavour, a strong and enjoyable ale indeed. Oggie Dogg (4) - Fullham, London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2004 does not count
Bottle. Deep, dark brown stout with solid brown frothy head, quickly dissipating to a cloudy surface where horses or continents can be seen depending on one’s mood or the company kept. Molasses, chocolate and raisins come to the front of the nose. The first swallow is very satisfying; bold and biting, leaving licorice and vanilla aftertaste. Last swallow just as satisfying as the first. Wish I had bought more.