harrisoni (18817) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle from Cask & Glass, Tonbridge. Reddy brown colour with lasting beige head. Lovely aroma of christmas cake and intense hop. Sweet and strong, but hop balances it. Spicey/citrus hop is stunning underpinned by brown sugar and dry grainy malt. Finish has more intense hop. My 2nd Hogs Back strong bottled beer and just as impressive. Lots of orange peel, spice and malt. Gorgeous
Re-rate Cask gravity at Red Lion, Snargate. Sweet, raspberry/strawberry fruit is stunning. Then a decent handful of grapefruit hop, but not too much, producing a dry finish. Malt is a little bit syrupy. Bit of yeasty sourness on aroma and then this huge hit of malt, but the hop dryness never lets it get too flabby. Lovely. It took my a good 50 minutes to drink a pint of it and I can honestly say that I felt different after I finished it, to when I started. Wonderful beer. 4.1/5 Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2006
Get thee in my throat wee timous beastie! Quite unlike anything I had expected from a ruby ale but such a pity the bottle was so small as I could have gone on drinking this for hours.
I was left with a lovely glow in my stomach as this beer settled and made love to everything around it. The alcohol content should not disturb as it isn’t really a factor where taste is concerned as the orange, and even blackcurrant initial taste warms the tongue and lingers healthily around the back of the throat. A real treat, especially here in New Zealand. Sissio (1666) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
Caramel, wine, toasted malts, licorice
Sweet, bitter, light sweet
Toffee, caramel, licorice
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Hazy deep amber colour with a slim off-white head. Aroma has malt, raisins, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Flavours are sweet malt, caramel, some dark fruit and a nice bitter finish. Full bodied, slightly carbonated, with some late warming alcohol. Very good. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2010
21/01/2009. Amber, clear, with more of a thick creamy film on top than a head. Delicious ripe fruit esters mixed with orange hop and mild caramel sweetness. Lovely deep hop character nestles in behind the rich sweet (but perfectly attenuated and never cloying) malt character. Looks, smells and tastes gorgeous... this is a great example of the balanced style of beer that the English do best. It could be 3% or 10% but still have this perfect harmony of malt and hop.
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2011
[email protected]JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2006
Wallingatan, Stockholm. BBE 21.11.2008. Reddish amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, caramel malts, quite rich on wooden and fruity notes as well. Flavour is similar, with also some alcoholic sweetness. This one has afed beatifully.
VERY aged sample - actually 15-16 yrs, making it even more interesting...
Old Armenian brandy colour, no head. Christmas cake nose with lots of alcohol, sweet smelling and a "sourish" Christmas pudding sauce (butter& vanilla). Sweet, cakey taste, a lot of alcohol, higher alcohols, a touch of yoghurt and sultana’s. Slick, alcoholwarming with even fully liqueurish MF. Superbly age beer - which means it must have been good to start with already. Big thanks to Steve Hannigan for a taste of this! MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle, 7.5%. Good malty aroma, sweet, dried fruit, orange. Cloudy orange amber colour. The flavour has much of the same as the aroma, dried fruit, some yeast and pepper. Good. evergreen0199 (3391) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
A 3 year old bottle from the brewery (also had this on cask a couple of times at the Shepherd and Flock pub on the roundabout in Farnham, Surrey). An amber/red/ruby coloured pour with a medium beige head. Sweet, boozy, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, dark fruit/plums, spice, malty, brandy like christmas cake. A warming festive treat, lovely stuff from Hogs Back. Leighton (21490) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Halloween BF 2011. Pours clear, rich ruby with a faint, white head. Tons of ripe fruits on the nose. Flavor is very sweet, lots of rich bread, cake, ripe and slightly tangy fruits, berries. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, loads of ripe fruits, light caramel, toasty sugar. Very decent strong ale.