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Brewed by Joseph Holt
Style: English Strong Ale
Manchester, England

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional beer for real players.

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3.7
leaparsons (10502) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. Black with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are milk and dark chocolate with raisins. Lightly roasted with herbal notes. Flavours are rich and malty with dark chocolate and its bitterness. Fruity with dark berries. Dark syrup with some smokiness. Alcohol on the finish. The sparkle lets it down a touch but overall this is very decent.

3.9
allmyvinyl (10486) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pours very dark clear brown with a creamy head. Aromas of burnt sugar, faint dried herbs, some sweet creaminess, boozy fruitcake. Taste is instant coffee, cream, light chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Dry finish. Good strong ale.

3.4
ManVsBeer (10263) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 Bottle from Asda, Warrington. Very dark with a tiny red glow and next to no head. It has a smooth texture with plenty of sweet winter fruits but some roasted malts are evident too, although not dominant.

3.5
KyotoLefty (10197) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown with a thick tan head. Burnt, bittersweet aroma. Very well roasted malt flavor, just a bit sweet, with dried dark fruits, cream, chocolate, coffee. Dry, roasted, slightly hoppy finish. A rather interesting beer, and a nice change from all the bitters I had tonight. Nice, rich beer.

3.3
tderoeck (9471) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2017
18/IV/17 - 500ml bottle from a trade @ American BBQ Guy Tasting (ElManana+1’s place) - BB: 2/I/18 (2017-462) Thanks to Val and Neill for the trade!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige to brown head, pretty stable, adhesive. Aroma: malty, grains, bit fruity, some caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very malty, grains, bitter, bit hoppy, some chocolate. Aftertaste: soft roast, pretty bitter and hoppy, some caramel, bit medicinal, malty finish.

3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 22/11/2001 Dark coloured strong in alcohol and rich on the palate. Fruity porter like properties. Hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 14/03/2002 Dark coloured rich on the palate and slightly sweet. Fruity warming finish.

3.5
Cuso (8616) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, kindly donated by Miro, many thanks.Very dark chestnut color with huge off-white head. Caramel, red fruits, milk coffee in taste. Good.

3.5
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
500ml bottle from B+M. Reflective ruby with a slim beige lid. Invitingly rich, malty aroma with suggestions of prune, christmas cake and Curly Wurly. Fine, doppelbock-accented brew exuding muscovado and cocoa-sprinkled dried fruits; malt loaf, slight cough medicine and black cherry (Tunes). Pretty good.

2.9
jackl (8022) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle @ Croydonia. Deep amber with a small head. Nose of cocoa crisp and old donuts. Sort of sweet and unresponsive. Taste is similar. Bread and cocoa. A touch nuttey. General knackered maltiness. Meh.

3.2
The_Osprey (7881) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle share at Paul’s. BB April 2016, 6%. Dark reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is bread, liquorice, yeast. Body is medium, a little foamy. Taste is bready, rye spice, toast and a little ash. A basic malty beer. Nothing too inspiring, but alright.


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