gopherfan99 (1996) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2017 Theydon_Bois (20214) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - NOV 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home (Harvey’s online) - 13/11/12 @7.5% ABV.
Pours a clear dark chestnut with a thin tan head that soon dissipates to the edges and forms a small swirl atop the glass.
Nose comprises sweet toffee, figs, fruit loaf bread, brown sugars, touch of wood and a little booze.
Tastes of rich dark fruits, prunes, dates, Xmas Pudd flavours, touch of wood, little sign of the 7.5% alcohol.
Fine carbonation, great feel, smooth and slightly warming.
This beer grew on me as I allowed it to warm. It was from the outhouse which can be a little chilly in November, hence ideal for storing beers, but came into its own as it warmed.
A decent low cost bottle!
Bottle; pours murky brown with a thin ring of tan head; sweet aroma of dark fruits and caramel; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and malt; dry finish is a little bitter with some alcohol warming. dynamiteninja (1872) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. No head. Dark gold body. Rich red fruits, glace cherries, sherry. Bittersweet with a dry finish. thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle from the brewery. This is rich enough to give you gout (which is a compliment). It’s a combination of Christmas pudding and vintage port, with a big upfront sweetness, with lots of raisins and plums. It fades slowly and finishes with a long lasting bitterness. It’d be excellent on Christmas Eve. MoritzF (10018) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 17, 2017
(bottle, 27.5cl) Clear, dark amber colour with a short and slightly tanned foamy layer. Slightly leafy dark malty aroma with fruity notes of umeboshi, raisins, as well as caramel and a whiff of booze. Sweet and mildly bitter flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Initially delicately syrupy malty taste with notes of caramel, dried fruits and umeboshi, drying herbal and earthy hops are kicking in the middle part; moderately sweet-bitter finish with a balanced tart and slightly vinous fruity touch and obvious hints of booze. Pleasant. 17.IV.17 thejackpacker (529) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle from brewery in Lewes. Definitely a beer that must be drunk at the right time I.e at Christmas. It is so full bodied, malty, powerful. Ideal queens speech or Boxing Day beverage replacement for port (or just have both)
john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Mahogany/Reddish in colour. Malty; roast malts, toffee, brown sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, possibly plums, hint of spice. Earthy hops. Sweet malty throughout with some hoppy bitterness in the dry finish. (2009-02)
minutemat (5807) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours deep amber, thin off-white head. Aroma has fruity hints, caramel. Taste is fairly light, caramel, alcohol, ripened fruit. Borup (14982) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2017
33 cl. bottle. Clear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of raisin, malt, caramel, spice, dried fruit and sweetness. Nevalainen (813) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Clear amber color with tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel and resins. Taste is medium sweet with notes of malt and dark fruits. Very nice barley wine, well balanced and easy to drink. sir__v (2630) - FRANCE - JAN 4, 2017
Bottle from Boxbeers.com - Color: clear amber caramel beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and malt domination. Sweet. Small alcohol finish. Taste: full body with caramel malt, caramel domination and alcohol notes. Quiet well balanced and really drinkable. Good attenuation with spicy hint. OK. Aftertaste: caramel and alcohol.