GregClow (3310) - Toronto, Ontario, - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Drink by date in July, drinking it in September - oops! Nice clear reddish-golden with a strong white head. Aroma is big and quite sweet - lots of toffee and lightly stewed peaches, some sweet orange peel and a bit of lightly toasted sugar. Body is full but not cloying. Flavour starts as sweet as the aroma suggests, with toffee/caramel and peach candy prominent, along with a bit of corn syrup and raisin bread, and even a hint of baked spiced apple. It dries out a bit toward the finish, which is moderately bitter, but I suspect the hops would’ve been a bit bigger and provided more balance when it was fresher. But even with some age on it, it’s a really pleasant beer that nicely straddles the line between strong ale and barley wine.
Cybion (159) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours clear, deep amber/red with a finger off off-white head. Patchy lacing, small amount of carb visible. Aroma is powerfully malty and fruity; wholemeal/farmhouse bread, honey, blood orange cointreau, cognac, cinnamon and various other spices, touch of vanilla and some faintly resinous hops right in the back. Hardly any booze. Taste is sweet but not sickly; again very malty with some dark fruits now coming through in the front along with molasses and dark, maybe spiced rum. Hints of an alcoholic, medicinal, but by no means harsh bitterness develops towards the back and lingers a while on the tongue and sides of the mouth in the long, wet finish, alongside plenty more cereal and bread. Body is full, texture is thick and oily and avoids becoming sticky or cloying, and as expected there’s no real carbonation aside from a slight tingle occasionally. Warming after a few sips! Really fantastically crafted strong English ale that develops smoothly and subtly instead of just blasting you with sticky, sickly malt and booze from the get-go. Exemplary stuff, dunno why I’ve never had it before now!
AnG_BrgNor (622) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber with some lasting foam. Aroma is malt, caramel and bread. Taste is malts, nuts, fruits and caramel with a strong bitter ending. A bit alcohol is present as well.
ludos68 (44) - - FEB 5, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birra dal colore ambrato carico tendente al rubino. Aromi e profumi dominanti sono malto caramello biscotto e frutta sotto spirito. Retrogusto liquoroso, alcoolico e riscaldante. Corpo pieno e carbonazione bassa.
john44 (2626) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Reddish Amber in colour. Very heavily malted; toasty malts, caramel, toffee, hint of chocolate. Fruity; citrus-orange, marmalade, peel. Hoppy; earthy and spicy hops. Intense strong flavours. Heavy alcohol hit. Full-bodied & syrupy. Sweet malty fruity strong ale. Dry malty lasting finish. English Strong Ale or Barley Wine?. Definitely a Classic; a Great Beer! (2016-02-08)
bursprak (2738) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Clear copper pour with a frothy head. Notes of dark sweet malts, prunes, caramel, light roast and some grains.
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
- braune Farbe mit leichtem Rotstich
- leichte, schnell zerfallende Schaumbildung
- Aromen nach Röstmalz, braunem Zucker, Honig, Toffee, Marzipan, süßem Sherry, Trockenpflaumen, etwas Rum, Eiche und relativ viel Alkohol
- die Carbonisierung ist mir für diesen Typ etwas zu moussierend
- der Antrunk ist auf den ersten Schluck schon sehr zuckrig-süß
- erst danach entfalten sich die diversen Aromen angenehm nebeneinander
- leider ist mir aber der Alkohol durchgehend zu dominant schmeck- und riechbar
- die bittere Hopfennote versöhnt dann gegen Ende etwas
Fazit: Der Alkohol dominiert etwas zu sehr
malushky (111) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours clear ruby with a very short-lived off-white head. Aroma of caramel, wood, slightly alcoholic, warm. Taste is mostly caramel, pepper. High carbonation. Nice beer.
Steffee_He (8) - COLOMBIA - NOV 13, 2016 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a really strong oud wood aroma which you can also taste but it also has honey, rum, molases, oak, leather, and of course malt. I feel its a little unbalanced because that leathery notes are stronger than the others and the aftertastes is a little rough. Still a great beer. Maybe its because it has more alcohol. The body is strong like maple, really turbid. Really good beer.
craftLOVERbeer (18) - The City of Craft beer, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Clear deep amber. Biscuit smell with lot of caramel flavour. Toasty bread notes with hint of nuts. yuuuup
Jury (248) - RUSSIA - NOV 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Добротн& очень красивы& эль, хороший аромат с нотками меда и луговых цветов и вкус и продолж& послевк& с горчинк& Алкогол& особо не ощущает& Дата розлива 07.04.2016. (Bottle 0,5/ 8,5%)