john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle. (Brief tasting notes and rating from old records) - Dark, dry, very bitter, burnt-tasting, very malty bitter. Rather unpleasant dry bitter aftertaste. Didn't like this. (Backlog) Grumbo (3981) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
1st December 2007 Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2009
Warning! Early amateur rating! A nice crisp dark malt start followed by a pleasantly fruity hoppy finish, slightly bitter.
From notes. Bottle. Dark amber colour with a fluffy white head. Rich, fruity aroma. Dry with quite a lot of roasted malt flavour. Not really a fan. anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Sweet malty caramel flavor with some fruity hints. Sweet malty slightly roasted caramel finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle 500ml. Pours a rich chestnut colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, but I can’t say that I picked up the “blackcurrant overtones” noted on the label. Tastes of good dark malts, a hint of something nutty, some fruitiness and a fine hoppiness. A decent pint. joe19612 (3075) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2008
500ml bottle from Sainsbury. Poured a deep brown chestnut colour with thick lwhite head. The beer had a malty hop aroma, nice hoppy taste in the taste. A
very good beer to me,wish i had some more. rauchbier (3935) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
Bottle, from Sainsburys. Deep chestnut brown, good lasting off white head and moderate condition. Pleasant sweet chocolatey nose with hints of fruit and some peppery spiciness. Quite muted in the mouth with a gentle roasted bitterness initially dominant but some low sweetness emerging as it warms. Bitterness is again dominant but muted in the finish, although a hint of fruity berries is apparent towards the end.
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2007
Good cream-coloured, fluffy head, pretty persistent over dark chestnut-coloured beer. Strange woodstainer aroma, fleetingly, then more wood and coffee. Finally dry hops and faint cardemom. All in all a pretty complex and layered nose. Hops, my good Doctor, hops! Noble English ones caress the yearning
WoostePattyn palate, as well as some dark malts, just enough to sustain. Faint black cardemom remains, but the beer is too weak - I was going to say "too British" - to have an as complex layered taste as its nose. Still pretty good! Light bodied, but nowhere empty. Harviestoun, undeniably amongst the best on the isles. Póg mo thóin, it has balls - Jezza, you knew!