john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017 Estarriol (5) - - DEC 28, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
275ml bottle as part of Hogs Back christmas set (thanks to mother- and father-in-law!). Enjoyed at home at room temperature (around 19 degrees C) in a trappist variant glass.
Appearance - Pours smoothly, a medium-thick deep amber/ruby liquid with a very thin head. Beautiful colour up against the light, although less head than I’d like.
Aroma - Dominated by yeast and hops, undertones reminiscent of honey-smoked ham and chocolate.
Taste - Full-on bitter hops and alcohol dominates from beginning to near-end, overdone to my tastes and drowns out the subtleties of the beer. Right at the end it mellows down and then something very pleasant comes out - sweet and warm, honey, malt and chocolate. I found myself sipping this very slowly in order to get the best out of the beer.
Palate - Thinner and fizzier than I’d like, but not bad. Leaves a smooth coating on the mouth afterwards though which is rather pleasant.
Bottle. Deep Amber in colour. Sweet malty; roast malts, caramel. Fruity; dried fruits, orange. Hoppy; citrus hops, quite spicy; peppery. Full bodied. Warming. Sweet malty & fruity throughout. Dry hoppy bitter finish. Not Bad. (2009-02)
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
27th April 2008nybol (2201) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2016
Rich malty ale with fruit, nuts and a little brandy. Tasty.
En let spritet, meget fyldig og tyk øl. En spændende øl som er nem at drikke, men ikke speciel Sissio (1649) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
Caramel, wine, toasted malts, licorice
Sweet, bitter, light sweet
Toffee, caramel, licorice
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2013
Rich malty toffee aromas. Some very light hops apparent in the flavour despite this only fairly sweet.
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
275ml bottle. pours a dark amber/coffee colour. smells of spice, strong hops and smoky. tastes smoky and a little fruity with strong hops. Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle at JF’s (Hogsback brewery shop) - 28/10/12.
Clear dark amber/copper with a thin off white head.
Nose of sweet malts, toffee fudge, butterscotch.
Tastes of dark toffee, dark fruits, prunes, dates, caramelised sugars, touch of booze.
Higher end of medium bodied with fine carbonation leading to a fruity finish. Dommod2011 (706) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
I was feeling festive so thought I’d open this. Less than 100 days until Christmas and was feeling a little disappointed that the adverts haven’t started yet. Holidays are coming and all that. Can’t say this made me feel any more Christmassy but it did give me an afternoon wobble. Pleasant enough, strong aftertaste, quite sweet. Right, I’m off to buy my tree. imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
Bottled, 275ml a Christmas gift from Sandra. Reddy amber with no head. Full, fruity, viney beer, smooth and blackberry flavour, some peatiness in the background. The hops have been overtaken by the alcohol but all in all fairly decent. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2011
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.