JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2007
Aroma: very nice, reminiscent of yellow raisins. A very specific fruity/citrusy sourishness one more commonly finds in Belgian ale. Lovely, fresh hops, sweet, caramel malt. Hints of strawberry bon-bons and lime. Acorns.Scouser (351) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Appearance: copper towards warm golden hue. Clear body. Yellowish fluffy head.
Flavour: begins with porridge and syrup. A sweet malty flavour that soon delves into some nice hop bitterness. A bit cloying unfortunately. Big, fruity and slightly funky. Roasted chestnuts. Vanilla & cherries.
Palate: very smooth. The body I’d expect from a much heavier beer. Not bad at all.
Pours a cloudy amber colour with no lacing or head. Aroma raisin, butterscotch. Tastes just like it smells l, raisins, butterscotch, alcohol(sherry), and a bit of sweet orange. I don’t normally comment on palate....but this one leaves a "buttery" film in the mouth; nice. A very good beer! kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 carted back from the UK after my honeymoon....tried a lot of other years but this one is a shocker! talk about insipid! really nothing going for it... SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle, 500ml. Pours marmalade-golden, with intially deep head that quickly dissipates into non-existence. Dark malt and treacle on the nose, and slightly syrupy on the palate, with honey overtones. A very decent ale.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
16.9oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy orange amber with a 1 finger creamy off white head. Great retention and some decent lacing. Aromas of honey, caramel malts, some fruity notes, and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet up front with dark fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and a decent bitter finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. I was at first pretty underwhelmed with this offering, but as the glass grew emptier I started to enjoy it a lot more. It is just a well balanced nicely crafted beer. Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Many thanks to Odeed for this. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little residual hop aroma and some sweet toffee notes. Light lemon rind, toffee, bread yeast, and just a pinch of phenolic character. Quite a bit of rough bitterness and some fusels make me wish I would’ve laid this down for another year. Then again, with what I’m tasting - my particular bottle probably wouldn’t hold up. A bit rough on the finish with more fusel character coming to the forefront along with the general "green" character of the bottle. I’d say, if you have a bottle lay it down for another year and see how it turns out. JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours to a reddish amber hue, with a never-ending head... a beautiful ’look’ to the beer...
Tastes quite malty, with a nice hopped bitterness to finish... an excellent beer! brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
spicy, fruity aroma with a huge initial head which slowly dissapates into the English pint glass quite loudly. As it settles into a cooper pour and off white head, I notice the malt aroma and raisans. Nicely balanced, sweet up front bitter swallow and a mellow bitter after taste. Pretty good effort from across the pond, but lacking that certain backbone... Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
I have been getting one of these in my stocking at X-mas for the past four years. I always look forward to drinking it. Absolutely excellent ale. Everything has been said already.