Scopey (14990) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Cask at 32nd WHOAF. It pours jet black with a minimal head. The nose is rich, roasty, earth, umami, liquorice, black jacks, oily, dried fruits and garabaldi biscuits. The taste is big old fashioned liquorice vibe, booze, wood, earth, treacle, eccles cake, oily, umami, charry wood, tar and spice with a rich, warming finish. Full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and complex. Big liquorice character to it. Crazy stuff, but tough going. Beese (2934) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Cask at The White Horse, Parsons Green on 24 November 2012. Poured a murky, dark brown, with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma, lots of malt and caramel. Strong dark fruity flavours, with peal, spice and chewy grain. Finish was toffee, cocoa and roasted malt. joergen (28394) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask at Charlies.
Clear rd-brown coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.
Sweet and fruity flavoru of licorice, caramel, dried fruits, hops and alcohol.
Sweet and warming alcoholic finish. Rasmus40 (21338) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Cask @ the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with a little warming alcohol. 231213 evergreen0199 (3386) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2011
Cask at the White Horse Old Ale fest 2011, Parsons Green, London. An amber/copper coloured pour with a very small off white head on top. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, port. Tastes of Christmas, sweet, dark fruit, caramel, raisins, oranges. An all time favourite from Harveys.
jackl (8212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
English barley wine. Chestnut color appearance. The head is basically nonexistent. A spicy, brash mouthfeel that wears the alcohol on its sleeve. Caramel malts and dark cherry flavoring. This is definitely a sipper! weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2011
Cask at The White Horse, London. With our Mes on a rare visit to the gold paved streets of Larndon where cats walk on their hind legs with knotted hanky’s on a stick over one shoulder. Sod Noddy Holder, this screams Christmas loud. Huge sweetness and a rich texture. Christmas pud, spices, creme brulee all that good stuff. Couldn’t drink glass after glass but it’s a real treat for one glass. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of black currant, sweets and black winegums. A flavor of sweets, dark fruits, nuts, prunes and dark fruits. FatPhil (16368) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2011
Apparently an unofficial alias for the Christmas Ale after Christmas.Leighton (21489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2010
Cask (White Horse Parsons Green)
7 lovely sweet spicy, clove I’d say, appley aroma.
4 Deep red, next to no head.
8 glorious sweet toffee-apple retronasals. Touch of mushroominess, a little old-ale nuttiness too
5 Sticky sweet palate, no carbonation. Finish to die for, initially a sweet malt rush, quickly a wave of olde mushrooms, and then a gloriously resiny bitterness, which lasts a long time.
16 I often mark down such sweetness, but like Thomas Hardy’s you sometimes just have to forgive it.
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London. Poured a cloudy, ruby-brown with an easy, off-white head. Sour malt aroma with faint fruits and earthy hops. Sweet, tart, malty flavor, also vinous with hints of sugar plums, apples and toffee, syrup and brown sugar. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a sweet, wine-like finish with a boozy kick and more sour notes. Awkward, but decent. Can’t really understand the tart, sour fruit notes.