Brewed by Exmoor
Style: English Strong Ale
Wiveliscombe, England


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Cask: Regular. Previously a Winter seasonal.
Ingredients: Pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts; Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold hops. Original recipe used Fuggles hops instead of Brewers Gold.
Dark mahogany-brown in colour, with the merest hint of crimson tints at its edge. Lush rich aromas of toffee, treacle. Mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate swirl above the glass. There’s more complexity on the palate with rich fruitcake, a hint of rum, more Mocha coffee, an herbal hoppiness, vinous fruit, while the bittersweet finish is smooth yet complex, rich but not cloying.

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mR_fr0g (12599) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2013
Cask at moon under water. Dark chestnut brown, beige head that sticks around. Aroma figgy rum touch of oak. Flavour is toffee burnt sugar, touch of solvent. Fuller body and sweet finish.

MadWelshWizard (11) - - JAN 10, 2013
Despite it?s really dark almost stout or porter appearance it?s surprisingly light. Fruity at first with chocolate smoothness later on. Slightly tangy fizz like bottled porter. Would drink again.

Theydon_Bois (19808) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Gravity dispense at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough BF - 12/10/12. Dark chestnut brown with a thin off white head. Fruity nutty nose with a little spice and a touch of wood. Taste develops from the nose with a little chocolate. Medium bodied with a little bite leading to a fruity finish.

SaintMatty (7423) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2012
Cask (Standing Order JDW, Southampton) - Dark brown with red tinges. Malty, fruity and roasted aroma with hints of marzipan and raisins. Rich and fruity taste with roasted malt, fruitcake and spice detected.

markas101 (2468) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Cask, The Francis Newton, Sheffield. Translucent nut brown, milk chocolate and caramel aroma. Sweet, more chocolate, with a mellow alcohol infused finish.

ManVsBeer (10680) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2012
Heavy, although not quite as heavy as you expect for this percentage. Slight treacleness about it.

bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Ruby brown with a thick off white head. A touch of treacle, sweet but fruity warming malts and a gentle bitterness in the swallow, partially hops and a little caramel. An excellent English style winter warmer that has stood the test of time. It benefits from a (modest) session as it’s complexities are subtle.

stravale (3078) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2012
Cask @ JDW Elgin
Very dark brown..ruby edges...thick creamy off white head....very good lacing
Aroma - rich dark caramel malts...liquorice...some spicy hops
Taste - rich dark caramel...bit of roast malt...liquorice...dark fruits...dark toffee..bitter hops in the background...slight salty notes...little savoury..alcohol quite well hidden..complex and tasty
Palate - soft carb....medium body...rich malts...smooth. Finish - rich malts..bit of warming alcohol..dark smooth toffee..clean finish
Overall - This is more of an old ale to me and a very good one too!

tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2011
First tasted this in the Ale house, Paisley in October 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark ruby black in colour with mahogany tints and a thick creamy off white head. Strong smooth aroma of molasses, christmas pudding and dates. Rich creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a rich maltloaf base with a complex range of flavours. Syrupy figs, raisins and black plums with treacle toffee and Italian cream sweets. Very little hop presence noted in the short earthy aftertaste. Sweet malt returns in the powerful finish with warming alchoholic notes of port, winegums and thick treacle sponge. Reminded me of Sarah Hughs ruby red mild in some respects. More like a strong ale in style rather than a porter though? An excellent pint to sup by the log fire on cold winters. Highly recommended and worth seeking out.

ALLOVATE (3036) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2011
Cask, handpump @ The Powder Monkey, Devon, Exmouth.
Pours a radiant, fiery blackened brown with a tight, compact tannish crown that is lasting. No legs, it leaves a film of brown upon the glass like sticky syrup. Good lot of fruitcake, fresh baked on the nose with some earthiness, a hint of yeast, cocoa, kelp and peat and just a touch of rust to tickle the nostril. Firm body, bigger than expected, and smooth and silky in mouthfeel. Biscuity malts and chocolate icecream fill out the mouth, lighter touches of vanilla, stewed plums, sherry and bitter, burnt raisins add complexity. Light weedy, dank and earthy peak on the swallow shows some odd hop tones, the swallow long and malty with the alcohol making a late appearance. Unlike the bottled version this seems so well balanced and in fine tune, the flavours and aromas are absorbing. A very nice strong ale, though I’d be stretched to call it a Porter. Nice stuff!!

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