Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a small baige head. Light roasted malty plum aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish. Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Dark ruby with small ligth bron head. Aroma has hints of roasted malt and sweetness. Bitter sweet taste with some roastedness. Nice and smooth hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma was fruity and malty. Taste was quite enjoyable; some sweetness, liquorice and fruit, as well as a fair dash of chocolate. Could have had more bitterness. Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
(Bottle) Pours deep dark red. Light roasted, dry-ish aroma with with some fruits and bitter cocoa. Dark malt flavour with some raisins. Light sour with a dry finish. Medium body. Estarriol (5) - ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2010 does not count
Bottle as part of Hogs Back christmas pack
Aroma - Powerful, sour malty chocolate with alcohol aftertone. If this tastes as good as it smells, I’m in for a treat.
Appearance - small but creamy and persistent head over a deep, deep amber brown. Pleasant.
Taste - ...sadly doesn’t carry through from the aroma, quite. Too sour for my tastes, sour and bitter dominating the pleasant chocolate and malt undertones. Pleasant enough, but I wouldn’t seek it out.
Palate - Thin and watery, a disappointment.
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottled 50cl. Malty buttery aroma which is reminiscent of earthy hops. Caramel throughout. Medium to full bodied. Decent. joe19612 (3156) - Camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin white head, rich malty aroma with some winter fruit, the taste is bitter with fruit with a short dry finish. fiulijn (21523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 2008-01-29, 6-3-6-3-12=30mjs (7814) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2010
Dark brown color. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Good body strength, good mix of caramel and chocolate malt, with some sweetness and strong bitterness, in the end there is a rising roasted malt. Quite good.
Dark amber color. Some roasted malt aroma, a touch of carbonic gas in the nose. Full mouth, beautiful roasted malt character, well balanced by the body structure, some sweetness (only 6%ABV for an OG of 1066), malt, caramel. Beautiful; with some fruitness would be perfect (such as Henry’s, Crouch Vale Crackling...).
(Cask at Bricklayer Arms, London) This beer was dominated by berries. It wasn’t really unpleasant thing but it made me wonder whether something had gone wrong either in brewing or during conditioning. In any case: alcohol was quite hidden and sweetness was bit too much present. Bitterness was quite low and could have been stronger so that it would have cut the sweetness. BOBBDrinker (67) - - MAR 14, 2013
A strong dark beer ideal for winter, it really does warm you as you drink it but it’s strength is not transferred into the taste. It has a strong coffee taste with hints of caramel and a slight bitterness but generally smooth. There is a smoked malt and coffee aroma, with only a small head it is a still a brilliant beer from Hogs Back!