onceblind (10341) - 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.
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Vintage 2004 - tasted May 05. It’s a dark brown reddish mahogany color and a small head. The aroma has notes of dark fruit and the mouthfeel is full, and the flavour is rather complex and delicious. It has notes of roasted malts, light sweetness, dark fruit and hints of licorice and spice. These words might lead the thoughts in direction of Belgian beers, but this is lighter and more refreshing. I like a beer with so few %, when it has this very nice and full-bodied taste.
Vintage 05 - tasted November 05. It’s not yet as smooth as the 04, but the notes are pretty much the same. I do however also find nuts in the flavour in this one though. MoritzF (10067) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2010
(bottle) Clear, ruby brown colour with a big and beige foamy head. Toasty malty aroma with earthy notes, caramel and liquorice, accompanied by subtle fruity and herbal spicy hops. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a calm carbonation. Toast-malty, slightly earthy taste with liquorice, a tinge of chocolate and subtle fruity notes in the background; roasty bitter finish with lingering notes of dark chocolate. Very pleasant dark and strong Ale. 10.XII.10 MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
My Bottom Line:jmgreenuk (9872) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 1, 2014
Beautifully detailed malts develop toasted nuts, caramel and fruit jam before salient leafy hop bitterness balances out this pleasant Strong Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam ruby-hued dark brown.
-Malts in this one are multifaceted. I would have loved to find it on cask...
-The hop bitterness is more important than I had expected. That green, leafy finish is enduring. It tends to take away from the beauty of the malts though...
-The mouthfeel is rather lean and carbonation is prickly yet soft.
-Drinkability is pretty high.
500ml bottle. Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is rich fruit liqourice hop. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, light sweet, with a malt strong liqourice bitter weak creamy caramel palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle. Chestnut beer with a big light tan head. Caramel, nut, and light spice aroma. Caramel, light spice, light earth flavor with faint hops. Medium-light body. Easy drinking. Caramel and some xmas spice linger. Skinnyviking (9674) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Head light brown. Body Dark red. Aroma choccolate, orange. Spicy bitterrness, malty, complex and lovely. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color, thin khaki grayish head. Fades a bit. Some lace. Nice nutty and chocolate nose. Good earthy hops complement the rich aroma well. Mostly bitter taste. Light spice. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. Solid british Christmas bitter. Flavorful and drinkable. daniele (9573) - ITALY - JUN 26, 2008
piuttosto scura buona schima quasi abbondante persistente piuttosto fine sentroi maltati nocciole leggere etilico fruttato sembra avere molti più gradi al naso in bocca malto nocciola luppolo poco JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
500 ml bottle. Deep dark brown beer, creamy tan head. Swwet and toasty malts, dried fruit, pear/plums, dried cherry, raspberry and some soft malty molasses. A bit of ginger of light nutty candied flavour. Softly sweet on the finish. Warming brew, perfect for cooler days. Lovely beer.