rw4244 (134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2008
Poured an oaky amber red with a good white head. Flavoursome bitter, a little sour the aftertaste. Alcoholic in finish. Quite floral but dominated by bitterness. Excellent taste. All round good beer. sm89walt (2064) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2008
Dark amber in colour with an ample-sized, oranged-tinted head. Predominant aromas consist of a heavenly malty sweetness, accompanied by spicy and fruity tones. The flavour profile is very full and comprised of more sweetness from the malts as well as a spicy appearance and an abundance of fruity notes. Gorgeous body and a lip smacking thickness that simply coats the tongue with a warming finish. kragelund (107) - , DENMARK - OCT 7, 2008
(Bottle) Pours amber with a tall dense beige head, Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor ending in a hoppy bitterness. Smooth and easy drinkable in spite of the high alcohol considering it is a all-malt beer. Really nice MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2008
Lovely hoppy aroma, sweetness there too. Strenght of this brew is apparent in the taste but the malt backs the old man alcohol down and the bitter end high fives you like a champ. Almost too easy to drink and woo then you are drunk. But who is complaining, this is good stuff. Svesse (8573) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2008
(Bottle, Monks Cafe, Stockholm, 15 Sep 2008) Dark amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, orange peel, mandarin and fresh citrussy hops. Slightly vinous. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, orange marmalade, caramel, candy sugar and citrussy hops in the finish. Slightly vinous and rather sweet. Full body with chewy mouthfeel. Definitely a BIG beer with full, rounded mouthfeel, lots of malt and rather sweet, but with hops to back it up. Well balanced and really nice.
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2008
Clear coppery red body with a minimal lasting head. Full smooth malt aroma almost full body, caramel notes mainly with a light grainy finish. Wasn’t expecting a lot but was pleasanty surprised. tlind2 (1708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 500 ml bottle @ Kaunis Kampela, Helsinki. Amber color, off-white head. Floral aroma with plenty of sweetness. The flavor is sweet malts with licorice, wood and a touch of alcohol. Full body, medium carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel. Not bad, but I prefer their 1845 ale, which is similar in many aspects.
Rerate 31.12.2008: Noticed some grapefruit and more pine, very American flavors to find in an English ale. Pretty good though. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2008
Tasted 24/08/2008, 500ml bottle from Regionals (in front of Lars and the Real Girl). Pours a cherry-hued rose gold with an off-white airy head. Big aroma of toffee, caramel and dark stewed fruit. Floral esters abound, a pleasant alcohol note lingers in the bacground and the spicy herbal hop aroma is lovely. In the mouth those aromas continue, with this being a very aromatic beer. It’s all wrapped in a luscious malt sweetness and oily ’heirloom orange’ hop flavour that reminds me of old school Old 95 - hints of liquorice and cough medicine too (in the most pleasant way). Alcohol is warming and, with the late hop bite, begs another sip. This beer is really growing on me and the movie was excellent too. stouby (4653) - Holbśk, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle at home.
Dark orange with a white head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, orange), light hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light bitter. Almost full body, the alcohol is felt. CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2008
sweet full, typical. Looks grat, pretty good head too. Strong, but more quickly guzzled & palettable than the Belgian - not quite as good, but a damn good effort.