nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
Deep dark brown hue, almost black. Thin light brown head. Toffee, coffee nose with a large helping of coco. This follows through to the flavour, which is rich on the palate with a fairly long chocolatey after taste . A high standard of beer. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2006
Pint at Temperance Bar in Putney, a deep brown colour with a beige bubbly head. A rich molasses aroma with some ground hazelnut notes in the background. Palate is rich with plenty of alcohol. Sweet, slightly burnt caramal flavours. Warming and very punchy at 6.5%. You could get caught out if you had too many pints of this. Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Beer pours darker then any ale I have ever tried. There is very head, but relative to traditional English ale, it seemed normal to me. The flavor is wonderful and alive with many overtones such as chocolate and coffee. a hauntingly smooth finish leaves you wanting more. I was very plesantly surprised. This is an excellent beer. DorridgeDad (1) - Dorridge, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
Found this in Tesco, a wonderful surpirse and a delightful beer. Great complex flavours. Well done to Tesco for stocking this. StueyD (1583) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2006
A dark, mahogany brown coloured beer with a thickish, beige head. A strong malty nose, slightly vinous with lots of sweet berry fruit, liquorice and caramel. The taste is bitter sweet, a nutty maltiness, liquorice, and dark chocolate, and a winey sweet berry fruit flavour that lingers to the end. (Bottle - Tesco).
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby colour with a thick cream head. Aroma of sweet, rich malt, dark fruit, liquorice, chocolate and some alcohol. Similar for the taste, rich and full bodied, a bit sticky but not enough to cause a problem. Good old ale. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2006
From bottle. Very nice chocolate syrup aroma. Very dark appearance. I taste liquorice. Sweet but sickly. Surprising tangy aftertaste for a syrupy beer. I feel this beer is very well brewed, but I just don’t find anything that grabs me. Kingsuttonale (4) - Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
Excellent Black colour with a hint of ruby when held against light. A smooth chocolate tast with a slight citrus note. A very good beer. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 May, 2006Blind tasting: Very dark - almost black, Smooth chocolate and some vanilla or fresh oak aroma. A little mouse fizz. Dark fruits and chocolate. Quite nice. Possibly unfiltered. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2006
Drinking this after the blind tasting I would agree with my thoughts then. But, as with some other examples of filtered strong beers I am interested that I didn’t pick that up. This is actually a very nice beer. During the tasting I had this right at the end when my palate was tired. I gave it 3.0 then - I’ll give it a bit more now. [3.4]
Dec, 2006 A flavoursome beer. Caramel and roasted barley with pleasant notes of sweet honey. The hops tickle and scratch and twist around the sweetness in a playful and engaging manner, finishing quite dry and roasty. The interplay of sweetness and bitterness is great fun - neither element being too assertive or unbalancing the other. A very pleasant and enjoyable experience. [3.7]
A Mes rate:
Creamy and sweet. Sugar and caramel aroma. Fantastic appearance. A rich mahogany body with a thick a very well behaved head. Sweet (but not too much) rich, well rounded and full bodied. Just a little sticky. Palate is creamy and excellent. Enjoyed this a lot.