maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Cask conditioned. Ruby coloured with a cream-coloured head. Aroma and flavours of coffee and chocolate yet hoppy at the same time. Very drinkable and moreish even at this strength. One of England’s finest winter ales.Score 3.9RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2003
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 2.4 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3
The appearance is a combination of a stout and porter with a coffee and bitter aroma. A very bitter and very dry flavour. Overall a very nice dry beer. Ungstrup (37677) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
[Bottle conditioned] The aroma is sweet, malty with smoked notes. The color is brown and it has a fine but disappearing head. The flavor is strong, sweet with strong notes of roasted bread, roasted malt, and a little smoked malt. A great beer - great palate for 5.6% ABV. rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Deep chestnut colour, good creamy white head and low condition. Good aromas of hops, roast barley and chocolate. Quite sweet flavours with the chocolate dominating at the start but the roast barley returns and lingers in the dry finish, along with a warming alcoholic kick.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2002
Raisin and sirup aroma.
Sweet flavor with fudgetones and a growing big bitterness.
omhper (25160) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2002
Bottled. Deep ruby. Complex vinuous nose. Full bodied and deliciously malty with soft mouthfeel. Flowery, orangey and very bitter finish. A winner in my book!