mile (3947) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light berry fruitiness, light alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light fruitiness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and light fruitiness, light bread and faint hoppyness, light - some alcohol. Bit one-dimensional, lacks character. Could use more bitterness to balance alcohol and caramel sweetness. mikkopen (1165) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, dense off-white head. Caramel-malty aroma with dried fruits and notes of nuts. The flavour is sweetish, caramel-malty, with raisins and other dried fruits and woody notes. Moderately bitter finish. Pretty good. allmyvinyl (10629) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
500ml bottle from the brewery online shop. Pours clear copper brown, thin white head. Nuts, toffee, dried fruit aromas. Taste is more toffee, very light bitterness at the back end. Hides the strength well. Nice idea, would like to try more on the series. jookos (6821) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Mahogany ruby clear. Autumny hoppy leaves, herbals. Some daker caramels. Full bodied, a bit sticky. Some sweetness, metallic tones, slightly roasted grains. Flavourful and all, but not really my thing. Marstonlad (891) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A color of dark ruby with a medium-sized head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malty and fruity, the former element featuring sweetish caramel and bread and the latter dried and dark fruitiness, especially raisin. Taste is medium sweet with drier bitter notes making a brief late cameo. This is definitely malts-oriented. Dark fruits, caramel and some sweetish bread and nuts appear. The palate is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Solid British quality all in all.
Theydon_Bois (19546) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, from the brewery.
Dark amber with a good sized off white head that thins to a covering.
Nose is malt forward, caramel, dark stoned fruits, light spice, bitter orange, toffee apple, sugars.
Taste comprises rich malt notes, biscuit crumble, sugars, toffee, light booze, dark fruit rip.
Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok stuff but a little 1D, not much depth. Cunningham (7989) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
Appearance: Clear nutty color with a big white head. Good lacing.MrTipple (5000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Aroma: Malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Balanced round fruity and deep caramel malty. Toffee and plum.
Overall impression: Decent tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.
Aroma: heavy caramel malts, alcohol. Appearance: dark brown, small to medium white head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: alcohol again, sweets intensify, massive malts, light bitter towards the end. Overall: nice English Strong Ale, however, the aroma and palate of alcohol is not very subtle. Bottle at Cat and Canary, Canary Wharf. thewolf (12601) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding. Pours nice, deep chestnut with a medium, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has caramel, toasted, grass, a touch of smoke. Medium carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, brown sugar, dememera toastiness, light smoke, lots of heavy liqourice. Lingering quite bitter finish. Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Bottled. Pours amber with a big white head. Smells boiled vegetables, synthetic sugar and bread malty. Tastes strong bitter, boiled vegetables, bread malt, bubble with a burned hoppy finish.