Papsoe (25055) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Beautiful, clear orangey brown with a fine, lightly creamy, beige head. Sweetish, vinous aroma of dates and other dried fruit. Medium body with some roasted malt and then these incredibly delicate flavours of dried fruit without excessive sweetness. Actually it ends fairly dry. 201006 Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2007
This nice beer is almost black and it’s hasn’t got much head to boast about. Both aroma and flavour has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, and there is a nice and dry bitterness in the finish. It’s not a thick beer like a stout, but still pretty thick for a dark ale. I really like this one, truly nice... MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2008
A Mes rate: cask at Baker St. ’Sporks. Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2009
Thick tan head settled to nothing in about a minute and refuses to come back no matter how much I aggitate it. Fantastic colour though. Almost opaque rich dark amber. Slight off smelling sourness in the aroma spoils the really good earthy malt underneath. Flavour wise, this is lovely stuff. Drinks like a lightish barley wine. Good citric notes, chunky earthy malt with a pronounced sweetness and a glorious tangy feel, almost an old ale like sourness. If you hold it in the mouth it’s almost watery citrus but it’s all about the finish. Awesome sweet and sour blend. Loads of tangy fruit, chewy sweet alcohol and a really pleasing barley wine type character. Late hops but no bitterness round it off really well. Damn good stuff and certainly the best I have had from Hogs Back.
Cask @ GBBF 2009. A black colored beer, with a thick small beige head. The aroma of roasted malts with chocolate, bittersweet. The taste is malty with chocolate and some dark fruits, like raisins. The aftertaste is dry bitter with some chocolate and notes of sweet. Rune (13642) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2009
One-third pint ale dispensed on gravity at GBBF 09. Nice and clean, devil-black body. Smell of dark fruits and mild roasted malts. Jam-like flavour with fruitcakes and prunes supported by sweet, black malts. Well rounded aftertaste with rather low impact of alcohol on the palate (Earls Court, 07.08.2009).
peter48er (186) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle conditioned 500ml @ home. Ruby coloured, not heavily carbonated,with a small off white head. Strong flavour of malt with some vanilla and a little liqourice. Alcohol quite noticeable on the tongue. A very easy drinking ’old ale’ type of beer which went down extremely well. essexcalf (171) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
Bottle. Dark red-brown, almost opaque. Light brown head, persisting only round rim. Sweet, rich, winey, spicy, choccy, dark fruity aroma - toffee, molasses, fruit cake. Rich, dark flavours, dried fruits, spice, chocolate, lightly roast, raw brown sugar tasting malt, ever-present fruity alcohol (dessert wine or dark rum), hint of banana or vanilla maybe? Would probably go well with a pudding - pretty rich and not easily quaffable, but not sickly either. Almost flat. Medium body, slightly oily, smooth. Decent bitter balance with some dryness, but mainly sweet residues on the aftertaste (medium duration). Nice. DutchDrebus (6238) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle @ home. Quite black, some redness shining through, head quickly gone. Smells sirup, sweet, malts, plum. Tastes coffee, malts, sweetish, slightly roasty, some chocolate. Low carbo, quite a full body for its abv. Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cask at GBBF 2009, 4th August 09 & also at the Bricklayers Putney, 5th Oct 09. Ruby dark brown with some white head. Strong initial flavour of blackcurrant cordial and then a rich caramel & honeycomb taste. Full, slightly oily palate that coats the mouth. Better to have a half than a full pint. Leighton (22508) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
Gravity cask at Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival, 2010. Pours dark brown, semi-clear, with a light head. Dark, lightly tart fruits, including plum and cherry, and malts in the nose. Fairly sweet, with more fruits such as plum and dark cherry and lightly toasted malts. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a vinous texture. Finishes sweet, a tad tart, with light roast and mild brown sugar. Overall pretty good.