Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Clear. Tall light beige head that clings to the glass. Strong raisiny toffee aroma. Hints of cacao and dark chocolate. Powdery dry texture. Strong flavours of licorice and dark chocolate. Dark burnt caramel. Dry bitterness from roasted malts and clean English hops. Wonderful dark complexity. Raisins and caramel. Excellent beer for those dark and cold days at the end of the year. bhensonb (15083) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Ruby color with a thick beige head. Spice & roasted caramel for aroma. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Rich caramel with citrus and spice for flavor. It is suggestive of a quad with regard to malt or maybe there’s some chocolate. Finish is astringent more than anything else. I’d drink it frequently, were it available. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle, 30th Sept 08. Chestnut brown with a thick cream head. Looks great. Caramel malt nose, joined on the tongue by orange and spices. Good bitterness at the end of the swallow. omhper (24964) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2008
<i>Bottled. </i> Mahogany colour, small creamy head. Restrained roasty/fruity nose. Medium sweet wit hsolid body and well rounded mouthfeel. There’s roasty malt with undertones of raisin. Salty bitterish finish. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2008
20081229 500ml bottle from Spirits on Sunset. Random bottled UK ales are not the sort of thing I usually buy, but it looked relatively new and fresh on the shelf and the bottle and label are pretty cool so I figured what the heck. Dark mahogany brown with medium sized, spongy tan head that lasts. Aroma of dark fruits, dried fig, toasty nuts. Flavor and palate an unusual progression of bitter, sweet, then bitter again. Roasty bitterness up front, soothing, sweet malts across a shockingly quick middle, and finishing with an earthy, roasty, cocoa, and alcoholic punch. Interesting beer and seemingly in good shape which is a nice treat from a UK beer.
wheresthepath (2315) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2008
[500ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Ruby-black with a moderate and rapidly diminishing creamy head. Annoyingly prickly carbonation. Dusty mineral bitterness to the fore from the off. Behind it there’s a little chocolate, smoke, liquorice and hazelnut, and maybe some blackberries. Quite a thin texture, yet leaves your mouth rather sticky. Aftertaste is still dominated by the mineral flavour. Feels like an interesting beer has been ruined by the mineral taste and high carbonation - maybe they should try bottle-conditioning it? Would be interested to see how much better the cask version is. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Very dark red/brown pour with a smooth off-white head. Slight burnt chocolate, and sharp mineral flavor. Thin bodied, with a hard mineral finish, really nothing going for this beer. I just dont get much out of this beer, malts are thin and lifeless and there just is not much to this beer, just a bad minerally and almost metallic mess. OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2008
500 ml bottle. A coarse tiny head with big bubbles clinging to the rim of the glass. Brilliant dark ruby colored body. A bready aroma note at first, set off by a light fruity caramellish malt scent. Taste is light fruity and bitter-sweet. Canned dark fruits, some caramel, a little toasted dark malt, all with an acidulous twist. Dusty, light cardboardy hops. Body is light plus. Finish is faintly bitter and acidulous fruity. Goes well down. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark ruby red pour with a tan head that leaves lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is dark with lots of cocoa, some stale nuts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is very dark as well. Some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, and nut flavors are all throughout the flavor with a slightly bitter, toasted malt finish. A bit thin and watery. KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Brown with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Somewhat sweet flavour with spicy and chemical notes.