Sigmund (7464) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Trade with maeib. Dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy, large to moderate head. Fine aroma of oak, leather and camphorwood, some roastiness, brown sugar and prunes too. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy with a moderate roastiness, but first and foremost dominated by a pronounced hoppy bitterness from start to finish - it’s debatable whether they have overdone the Target hops here. Aftertaste is definitely astringent. Still, it’s nice to have a beer where the use of both malts and hops obviously has been generous. This is not a beer for the "Carlings Black Label" crowd! Thanks, maeib! DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2005
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Dark, with ruby shafts. Big creamy beige slab atop. Aroma of jam. Some strong jammy, berry, with a coffee tinged pudding mouthfeel and flavour. Very rich finish - a little sour, bitter and faintly warming. A very smooth mouthful all told. Not tremendously defined, but big and slyly powerful. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 4, 2005
Bottle conditioned. Dark amber with a good off-white head. Full flavored; malt, walnut, herbal-spicy hops, chalky. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2005
bottle from one of the best class acts on the site. thanks Mark. dark cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head. smokey nose, chocolate coffee flavor that lingers. very nice. bitter is smooth and sour wood that mixes well. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, bread, and mustiness. Flavor of sweet malt and smokiness.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured reddish amber with thin tan head...great lacing...toasty malt aroma...started malty and doughy...finished with a nice sour bitterness...really interesting... Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Nose like fresh cut wood. Very earthy. Notes of light roasted coffee, smoke, and light bitterness. Very nice mild flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Very complex. I really am at a loss of words for this one. All I can really say is that I liked it very much. Thanks maelb. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Toasty with some coffee notes in the aroma. Hazy brown, with a red to yellow spectrum in the light. A bitter twitch builds while various smoky, tangy, and slightly woody notes build. An interesting beer. What a treat to have a proper and uncommon English beer after a long gap without one. Thanks Kevin for sharing! johndoughty (5438) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
Tried in bottle form as ’The official Offie ale’ from Murees off licence in Leicester.When poured it had a massive head which you had to fight through to reach the beer.When you did all you got was dissapointement.Bitter with that acid like edge that cask ales have when they are poorly bottled. leaparsons (10546) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Toffee coloured with an off-white head. Aromas are smooth chocolate and peppery hops. Flavours are, again, smooth chocolate with a dry bitter finish. Some plain chocolate, too. Moreish and as chocolately as Youngs Double Choc Stout.