Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2011
dark amber colour, clear liquid, pours a thin whitey slick head. aromascape is straight forward with malt, hops, fruit, grapes, wood&juniper, berries, tobacco through black cavendish. taste is rather easy with mild bitterness like from a low % bitter, followed by a light sweetness. a round bready sourness follows. body is medium and thin in texture, but this compliments the entirety decently. there is a stronger, golden pride character detectable there somewhere, but is very weak. a decent ale from fullers, but doesn\t seem to find its place in the product line. although, last year i had this beer which seemed to have a little more oomph and depth. probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 01DE11. SaintMatty (7608) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
App.: Clear deep ruby-copper with a large tan head.
Aroma: Rich malts, toast crust, rye bread crust, very slightly spicy, somewhat earthy, dark dried fruits, wine-like caramel/toffee, vinous, brown sugar, fairly fruity, Newcastle Brown Ale notes, nice.
Palate: Medium body, modest effervescence.
Flav.: Rich and malty, toffee/treacle, brown sugar, earthy notes, slightly nutty, dark dried fruits, lots of bread crust, slightly spicy rye bread notes, also nice.
500ml Bottle - Copper with a foamy head. Malt, caramel and marzipan feature in the aroma. Fruity and rather metallic taste with notes of dried fruit, caramel and nuts. Not bad, but the metallic notes spoil things a bit. thb (849) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours bold russet with creamy head. Aroma is dark fruits, toffee, flowers. Taste progression is unexpected - opens quite bitter, moves towards a sweet finish. Whole thing is really surprisingly bitter - malt character which really shone through in the aroma is less pronounced in the taste. (Although I may be drinking it too cold). Nice carbonation, easy to drink. mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours a clear ruby-amber with a small, loose head. Sweet malt aroma, light citrus. Taste is plenty malty, fruity, modest hops and light citrus. Thick body without being syrupy, good carbonation. A nice treat.
barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
500ml bottle from the LCBO. pours reddish light brown with a small tan head. nice lightly sweet, apple candy, malt forward nose. simple sweet malty flavour. bitter finish. a little to plain. JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
500 ml bottle. Deep amber beer with some ruby tint. The aroma has some stewed fruit and a touch of smokey spice. There is a bit of sweetness in addition to the toasted nuts and spicy hoppiness. Flavour is moderately sweet with a touch of light clove and cinnamon. Fairly chewy maltiness (although it’s not cloying at all). It’s got a touch of the pine needle fruitiness that I associate with Alba Scots ale. Either way - it’s tasty stuff. jimmay (815) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours deep copper in colour, with hint of red. Aroma and taste are slightly bitter, reasonably well balanced by buscuity malt (Crystal?). Not bad. Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle, ambre with an orange glow and a small off white head. Slightly fruity and malty aroma with notes of coke. The taste is dry and plenty of hop sensation neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint. Pours clear copper with a small off-white head that quickly fades, leaving trace lace. On the nose, there are notes of candied fruit, sherry, toasted malts and English hops. The flavour is lightly sweet up front with nutty malts, toffee, spice and fruit. A moderate bitterness enters through the middle, with notes of floral and leafy hops. These are accompanied by notes of sherry and candied fruit. The finish is long and dry with a nice hoppy bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a thick, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English strong ale. The malts are a particular strength, nutty, complex and elegant. A well-balanced, well-constructed brew. 2011-11-21