Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is raisin, almond, biscuity toffee, taste is sweet caramel, citrus, raisins, marzipan. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAR 27, 2017
September 21, 2015 - at The Hydrant Craft Pub and Kitchen - 500ml bottle. Dark but clear brick-red pour with a lasting creamy tan head. Aroma has that iron/mineral "Burton nip" character with fruit and alcohol, not all that bitter, but has a definite tart fruit character - that mineral has me pretty intrigued. Taste - yummy - tons of sweet thick fruity malt, light cereal, but oh that tangy nip ... Fuller’s well done; make more solid classic English stuff like this please. Lush, airy mouthfeel, decent if underwhelming carbonation, stewed prune and minerals in the finish - it finishes fast, but this really is a biggish beer. I was a big fan - SO happy I got to have this one. Erzengel (9497) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2016
Dark in the glass with a quite white head. Caramel, nuts with dry caramel, great voluminous in the nose. The beer starts fresh and deep, lots of nuts and caramel, smooth with moderate depth. Easy to drink, fresh, malty with moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is fresh, malty caramel, not too deep but round. Interesting. mR_fr0g (13509) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle at home picked up from Bottle shop druid street. A nice clear ruby red / chestnut brown coloured pour with a loose beige greyish head. Aroma is big fruit cake, jamaica cake, rum soaked fruit, and a nice woody earthiness. Flavour is composed of moreish sweet cakey malts, bags of dried fruits, tangy woodland berries, toffee. Nice earthy rum barrel oak in the finish. Palate is medium sweet, woody, moderate carboantion, medium full bodied. Tasty layered malty beer. Lingering woody tannin . thb (836) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Crystal clear, deep red, half inch of tan foam. Aroma is fruity, with lots of cherry, toffee. Taste is similar, with a malt-forward opening (caramel, grains). Fruit builds as you move through towards a medium bitter, grainy finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, to be honest, would like a little more heft. Alcohol does not seem to be there. Being a historic recipe, I suppose it’s not trying to match any modern style exactly, but it’s almost like an alcoholic esb?
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2015
bottle at home. Pours medium dark amber, like a coca-cola with water. Aroma is lightly malty and some gentle pine hops. A bit one sided. Medium body, lightly sweet, a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is bland actually, light salt caramel... and a tad smoky at the end. andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle from the Mad Bishop and Bear W2, intended to drink on a train but had no bottle opener, so here we are at home 18 months later... Pours chestnut brown and clear, persistent white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelly crystal malt, some bubblegum, a touch of ’English hop’ character lingering on. Medium carb. Punchy flavour, some proper Burton character, a whiff of sulphur, assertive but very English rounded hop bitterness. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking. It’s solid enough - I remember it being better on cask at Ealing back in the day, but can only rate on what’s here. Rob_D_UK (1366) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 13, 2015
Pours a dark but clear chestnut with an off white head. Dark fruit aroma and a lasting bitter taste.