Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2017
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt amber almost brown color with a pillowy thin white foamy head. Dissipated fairly quick, light messy lace.
The aroma had some caramel, raisin, biscuits, nuts, toast, low sweet earthiness, some butterscotch and some light vanilla.
The flavor blended all of the previously mentioned aromas together sweetly and added in some sweet smooth bubblegum, weird, but different and honestly, I liked it. Just a touch of spice at the very end, right before the aftertaste hits. Smooth sweet blended aftertaste rolling into the finish.
The feel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Alcohol level seemed where the brewer intended. Good smoothness over my tongue.
Overall, aroma and flavor were spot on. Though the brewer says it’s 6.6, and it did feel close to that. Oddly enough, I think I may have been expecting a bit more alcohol warmth, but that’s probably my American palate not knowing how true English Strong ales are supposed to be (I just chalk it up to too many American brewers trying to replicate this and ruining my thought pattern on this style). ManVsBeer (11205) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
Manchester Beer Festival. Copper with a full-bodied robust winter fruitiness. Has a smooth sweetness to it. mike_77 (7274) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
Cask as "Porter’s Punisher" @ Porter’s Ale House, Warrington. Dark brown colour. Aroma and taste are sweet, malty. Some warming, roasted, caramel flavours come through well. Hanoi (982) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from brewery shop.
Nose is caramel, raisin and a hint of wine. Taste is of caramel, slight spice (which quickly fades) pepper, sweet malts, leaving a sweet finish.
Mouthfeel is too thin for a beer of this type.
A nice beer. Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Cask at Dunham Massey’s brewery tap, Altrincham. Slightly dark amber with a creamy off-white head and lacing. Hints of spice and toffee in the aroma. The taste is dominated by sweet bonfire toffee with added hints of dates, figs and anise. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and it finishes slightly dry. Not massively complex, but a style of beer I like done well and clearly in good form here.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton. A deeply unoriginal name for a beer judging by the plethora on here. Dark burnt orange pour with the merest of tan cuffs. Sweet malts, dark fruits and a hint of spice in the nose and flavour. Slightly warming booze. Sweet, dryish bitter finish. Drinkable but uninspiring. planky84 (3514) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Reddish brown pour, no head. Caramel, raisins, dark fruits and plum aromas. Damsons, prunes and a little light chocolate flavour. Malty, sweet finish. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2009
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 22/12/2007
Rich aroma. Amber bronze coloured fruity and strong in alcohol with a crisp and dry slightly bitter lasting malt finish. leaparsons (10866) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2009
Cask, Derby Winter Fest 09. Amber brown with an off-white foam. Aromas are chocolate and toffee with grapefruit. Spicy with evident alcohol. Flavours are grapefruit with a fair degree of acidity. Some sweet malts with a light finish. RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Winter Beer Festival, 2009. Sharp amber looking beer with a malty and mildly vinous aroma. The flavour is quite sugary sweet and malty. Overall an average beer that is too sweet for my palate.