alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear brown with a small but creamy beige head. The aroma is dry fruity like figs with caramel and biscuity malt. A slight nuttiness wafts in late. The flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, some caramel malts, some bread/biscuits, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. I think I was expecting a bit more spice which just wasn’t there. Worth a try once. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy off-white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.
Slightly toasty sweet malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel and rye as well as a prominent hazelnut character and very subtle earthy hops.
Slightly toasty medium body with a lot of silky chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, hazelnut, roasted coffee and burnt toast. There’s a nice balance of sweet chocolate and deep roasted flavor that somewhat dominates the palate. Slightly bitter with a subtle lactic creaminess. With all of the dark roasted malts the body is still slightly thin and the nut profile and roasted bitter notes are a bit much. I wish the sweetness was a little more prominent creating more balance. Pretty complex for a British brown ale but still kind of underwhelming Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Dark brown, thin white head. Loved the maltiness of this, all caramel, chocolate and then a dry mellow hop finish. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours lighter brown with near-white head that thins out quickly.
Nose is soft, light baked goods spices and faint chocolate.
Palate - some maple, roasted malt, light chocolate, and a hop dryness at the end to round it out. Very light in character overall. Nothing leaps out.
Easily a session beer as it is somewhat thin bodied and lighter in flavors. astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Dark brown-ruby. Creamy, long tan head. Aroma: Caramel, malts. Flavor: Spices, nuts, malts. Spicy, bitter finish.
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a clear deep orange-amber with an average size bubbly off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruit, nuts and a hint of chocolate. Flavour of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, light earthy hops and nuts. Decent average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good, I’d happily have this again. RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
From Bernies, Shirley, West Mids. A fine rich dark ruby brew. Classic Hook Norton flavour, balanced to perfection, bitter on the back of the throat, malty licquorice and fruit cake on the tongue. A cracking winter beer. ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2010
Pours a dark brown body with a ruby-coppery hue, topped with a thin, off-white head. Nose is roasted malty toffee notes with hints of toffee. Taste is burnt toast and toffee, with hints of coffee. A light-bodied and very drinkable ale, pretty decent but not really that special. prawlie (1583) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
500 mL bottle from Beers of Europe poured into a Belgian beer goblet. Very dark, with little head. A smooth and pleasant stout. GRM (4014) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Brown bottle, 1 pint 0.9 ounce, drank with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on October 8 2010; eye: mahogany, opaque, tiny sheet of creamy beige head, nice lacing; nose: roasted malt, molasses, light burnt malt, light caramel; mouth: roasted malt, astringency, light molasses, light acridness, light burnt, light cocoa, dark chocolate, finale in malt with light presence of burnt malt, light astringency; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 0,9 once, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 8 octobre 2010; œil : acajou, opaque, petite couverture de mousse beige crémeuse, bonne dentelle; nez : malt rôti, mélasse, léger malt brûlé, léger caramel; bouche : malt rôti, astringence, léger mélasse, légère âcreté, léger brûlé, léger cacao, chocolat noir, finale en malt avec légère présence de malt brûlé, légère astringence; en résumé : bien