kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2009
Bottle from utobeer. Pours a dark chocolate with tan head rich dark fruit flavours are followed by a malty slightly smokey nose. Fruityness is then cleaned away by a surprising bitter finish great stuff! Sigmund (8032) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
500 ml bottle, from Selfridge’s food store, London. ABV is 5.5%. Very dark brown colour, large to moderate beige head. Nice malty aroma and flavour, notes of caramel, dark dried fruits and nuts, hints of chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Moderate but noticeable hops in the finish. Well balanced and very enjoyable. ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2012
Just on cool and into a Hooky pint. That hue of deepest ruby that shimmers and sparkles when held up to the light. Drabby, flabby dollop of dirty cream holds on well above and manages little legs. There is dry roasted nuts and carob beans, cola beer, nutmeg, mace, leather and an earthy, musty ol’ fell fruit note on the nose - delicious. Short burst of sweetest cola and molasses upfront dwindles to open up to a textured, malt driven palate. Good body (considering it is pasteurised and filtered) with a light dash carbonation upfront smoothing out and becoming smoky and pasty in back. Very woody with roasted nuts, smoke, aniseed, bitter dark chocolate and subtle earthy spices. Hops play a part too; an almost subliminal, earthy and weeded spiciness pokes out on the odd sip. Alcohol is strangely evident in the smooth, malty bitter and ashen finish. Better as it warms opening up a little more in the aftertaste to add a hint of Dutch cocoa and vanilla bean. It is miserably cold here in Perth at the minute and this one works a treat in warming the cockles even at such a modest ABV. A very enjoyable Dark ale! (50cL, BB 28/11/12, Dan Murphy’s Currambine) crippledbrewer (45) - - JAN 1, 2014
Poured a nice dark brown with a dense off white head. Aroma was sweet,spicy with light wood and nuts. The palate was soft and it seemed to embrace the tongue. The flavour is quite sweet with notes of caramel and fruitcake with a dry bitter roasted malt finish. This is the first Christmas beer I have had that is light bodied enough to work in Australian summer conditions yet still have a respectable amount of flavour. porschemad911 (3) - - MAY 8, 2014 does not count
Very nice dark beer. Tastes like a Guinness stepped up a notch in complexity and intensity - delicious for those cold winter nights.
Florya (2027) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: darkbrown, off-white head Aroma: dark fruits, nutmeg, orange.. Palate: medium body, creamy texture, smooth carbonation. simontomlinson (682) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Creamy & frothy white head stayed on a very dark brown still body.
Dark fruit, plum aroma
Thick body, very creamy & smooth
Malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, spicy, plum & raisin. samjdix (74) - - DEC 11, 2016
Lovely stuff. Strong and fruity and very drinkable. Ideal for Christmas day I’d say.