Tessic (1249) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
This ale poured a black colour with a nice foamy tan head. To the nose there was licorice, citrus and a slight hint of roasted malt. The first sip was really smooth smooth and roasty flavoured with other flavours of coffee and a little wine. The palate is of more roasty malt flavour with a lingering bitterness. berkshirejohn (6767) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Pours a lustrous mahogany colour with a caramel head which is fairly long lasting. The aroma is complex and hard to pin down, but I seemed to pick up vanilla and coffee as well as caramel. the taste is equally complex, with both sweet and dry components, and more coffee, leading to smoky dry aftertaste. Definitely a beer to drink slowly and savour. (9-Dec-2006 7/3/7/4/16=3.7)DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
Relaunched 330ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley as a craft beer. A rich chestnut pour with thick caramel coloured head; still with a touch of oaky vanilla to the predominantly caramel aroma; rich toffee taste that swirls around in the mouth, with underlying fruit cake; and a dry raisiny finish, that calls out for another sip. Just as good as when I first tried it - this shows what GK can do on a good day. (21-Feb-2014 7/4/7/4/16=3.8)
Pours a dark reddish-brown, almost on par with Wellington’s Old Duke, with a very thin head that builds on the edge of the glass. The sweet malt aroma is complicated and layered with suggestions...caramel, cherry, vanilla. Hops are not present. Flavour is coffeeish with a licorice swallow. Very spicy and the palate is thin. Overall, an interesting seasonal. It’s not my favourite seasonal but I would drink more of it. beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2006
Poured reddish brown with almost no head. A interesting brew. Taste is caramel and roasted malts. A nice winter beer. Diogène (1214) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
500 ml from LCBO. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and nuts, with caramel. Taste is roasted malts, nuts, caramel, pretty sweet overall, with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
500 mL bottle from LCBO. App.: pours deep copper with a light mocha, fluffy head that lasts well. Aroma: lots of lovely toffee and caramel, roasted malts and sweetness. Some dark dried fruits and nuttiness too. Not unlike fruitcake. Palate: med. body and reasonably low carbonation with a few sharp bubbles. Flav.: much of the nose carries through to the mouth with the addition of black licorice. There is an odd, red wine quality (maybe its the oak?) and finish as sourness (subdued). I ate cajun catfish for dinner and me thinks it is affecting the tatebuds! I will grab more and resample. pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
A brisk pour puts a dark cola colored ale with a 2 finger rocky cap into the pint glass. Good cap retention leaves a lace...mildly carbonated.
Aroma not unlike a good bock except for the overpowering caramel which has notes of toasted malts, some dried fruits a hint of "char" and an interesting woody- earthy smell from the oak barreling.
Decent roasted malt spine, sturdy body, silky smooth mouth feel, unique fruity-mellow "charred" character
Flavour profile starts with a big dose of toasted and caramel malts then these are blended into a very pronounced juicy fruit decernment like marmalade on dark. toasted treacle-soaked rye bread...then mid palate the hops strike and we get a nice stab of delicate bittering to this mixture ..finish is long and wet and slowly the sweet fuity-cocoa tones go mellow with metalic tones from goldings and the astrigency from the black malt char....a light clean almost citrus after taste.
A very interesting blend of flavors almost like a dark bock and a strong IPA. Seeing how this is a blended ale I think the amounts of the 2 original brews was delecately measured to produce as complex a flavour profile as posssible.
Three thumbs up on this awsome mellow smooth blended ale..I’d love to taste this unpasturized. caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2006
Dark reddish brown, no head. Bit of a tart aroma, reminds me of a certain Flemish sour ale. Flavor makes me think of a dark bread, with a hint of a Flaming Homer’s secret ingredient. Strong enough to feel it warm the throat. Interesting brew. Does go well with cheese. robinvboyer (4812) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Picked one up0 at the LCBO. Not bad, Next to no head. Aroma is raisins, and almost like red wine.
Mouthfeel is kinda thin.....caramel with winey raisin taste. good, but not great. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Thanks to Indra for this one! Neat stuff here. Pours a very dark amber, little head fades away entirely. Aroma initially strongly of apples, as it warms, a soft warm caramel note emerges. Flavor is initially that of fresh green apple peel. As it warms up, caramel and toffee emerge, along with a bit of a woodsy note. An English beer for those who like Belgians. Nice stuff.