allmyvinyl (11186) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2013
500ml bottle at home. Pours dark reddish brown, decent off-white head and lacing. Slightly metallic aromas, toffee malt and dark sugar. Taste is sweet, finishes sweet and strangely thin. OK. ManVsBeer (11183) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Fine winter ale, full bodied with plenty of sweet fruitiness. It also has pleasant subtle roasted flavours and coffee notes. Very dark brown with a small off-white head. gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 First ratingjercraigs (11087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
(Bottle, thanks to larsniclas and rlgk!)
Clear dark brown color, tan head. Acidic fruity juniper almost sour to lambic scent, still a bit subtle. Sweet but subtle taste. Medium mouthfeel and bitterness.
50 cl bottle on Ocotber 13, 2009
Clear dark copper to dark brown color, tan head. Fruity, sweet, roasted, salty, alcohol scent. Smooth, grainy, salty, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Grainy aftertaste.
2009-12-06. Dark brown body, modest foamy tan head fades. 3+ Nutty malty aroma, dark malts, modest sweet fruity touch. 6+ Flavour is similar, nutty malty character, sweet caramel and dark malt, light bitterness. Average palate suits the beer. Quaffable, a nice English brew, but just a touch mild overall. Bottle from England via Mabel’s brother Fin (11067) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled, Case purchased at Majestic, Bicester, 02-10-06. Wonderful dark brown with a nice creamy head. Pleasant warming flavoursome beer that had plenty of rich malts and fruits swishing around. The bottle describes it as having a strong nutty flavour, I’m not quite sure it was a strong nutty flavour but there was some nuttiness there. Very smooth good full bodied beer that will be even more pleasing as the nights continue to draw in.
pivnizub (10908) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle: Deep ruby amber coloured, relatively persistent small beige head; dry fruity-bitter nose, supported by faint aromas of liquorice and roasted malt and cacao powder; solid dry bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; lingering bitter-sweet finish with traces of dark malt and nuts. Very pleasant strong and bitter stuff.......... onceblind (10890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Clear dark brown with a fading head with no lacing. Gorgeous aroma of slightly earthy cocoa notes, figs, peaches, vanilla, and a nuttiness not unlike pecans. Taste is fruity and malty, with notes of toffee, raisin, some faint oak with vanilla, and toasted nuttiness with some cocoa on the back end. Smooth, and with a bigger body than its session-able ABV would predict.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
marcus (10873) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Date: December 03, 2009
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, sweet dark fruits, light spicyness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, balancing earthyness keeps it pretty dry, light essence of dark fruits, hint of spicyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a nutty aroma. There is a nutty smoked malt flavor with a very dry finish that sticks to the palate. Pretty tasty. leaparsons (10865) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2002
Dark red in colour. Flavours comprise of chocolate, liquorice and brandy infused Xmas pud. Bitter at the back of the throat and a long finish. I had the 2002 vintage and it was good enough for any time of the year.