Armando2112 (1) - - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Amazing beer. One of the best in the world. Lovely taste and smell. Awesome to drink.
I_LUV_BEER (231) - - APR 17, 2016
Served in a snifter. Pours very dark ruby-copper with a thick head, leaving a nice amount of lacing in the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some spice, caramel, toffee and some nutty notes. Taste is similar to the nose, rich with roasted malts, toffee, caramel and spice. Very balanced with full body. Gorgeous! iCraig (32) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2007
Lovely dark beer, and very bright.
Tasted of bonfire toffee, very pleasent and very moreish.
Its a pity its not bottle conditioned. zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2004
This is the big fellaw. Drunk in the pub. Often go over to the Lakes and have a few of these while we're there. Smacking ale. And an ale it is. Old fashioned and nothing wrong with taht. RobBestwick (931) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
Bottled, dark appearance, fruity nose, no head, blackcurrant tones
imawayforapint (17) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Dark brown body, off white head thin and dissipates fairly fast. Roast grain, toast, bit of coffee and chocolate. Good mouthfull...none of your fizzy rubbish. A hefty pint, meal in a glass type of beer. bloody good stuff. Grzesiek79 (4299) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 17, 2012
licorice, earthy, nuts, bread, cough drop, butterscotch, bubblegum, red, sparkling, white foam, rocky head, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, umami, full body, creamy, flat, long finish, bitter, DIBBLE (103) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Very dark, red tinted with off white head that coats the glass. Earthy nutty aroma. Good carbonation. Very easy drinking well balanced earthy malty flavour with herbal hop bitterness to finish. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle.Poured a reddish brown colour, with moderate, shorish lived head. Malty, coffee aroma, sweet, malty and coffee taste, with bitter aftertaste, Creamy, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very good indeed. wheresthepath (2335) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 [500ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe, 26/12/2008] Very dark for a bitter; tastes rich, warming and satisfying with caramel, toffee, coffee, & malt all coming through in equal quantities. It’s very smooth and easy to drink; this is my favourite beer yet, and it’ll be a tough act to beat!
[Re-rate 24/8/2008] This was originally one of my earliest ratings on this website, and remains my highest rating for a bottled beer. I thought I’d best check it out again to see if I’d over-rated it. so... I get a huge maltiness to start off with, leading into stewed fruit, cream, port, chocolate, caramel & coffee. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet, without any cloying stickiness on the palatte. It still tastes fantastic, and it still gets a top rating. Who needs bottle-conditioned beers?!