The_Osprey (9140) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
500ml bottle at home, a month past its BB date, 7.4%. Very dark reddy brown, sparkling, small tan head. Aroma is yeast, some apple and coins, wet paper. Body is rounded, soft carbonation, touch foamy. Taste is breathy dark malts, dates, treacle, tangy booze. Something quite ’Belgian’ about it - not sure if it’s the yeast used... Decent, interesting to try, but probably not one I’d reach for again. alex_leit (5155) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Color brownish dark ruby with a creamy foam. Aroma: malts, vanilla, caramel, fruit, toffee, hop, cake. Taste: malty sweetness, fruits and berries,some brandy, slightly hoppy, very warming. zacgillbanks (5506) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from b&m, Team Valley, Gateshead. A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights. It has a rich red fruit, malt and currant flavour followed by oak, vanilla and spiced berries on the sweet finish. Very nice. redders1974 (1629) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2017 Wow a nice beer from matstons! short lasting head that leaves a little ring round glass tastes dark fruits plum blackberries damson with the alcohol cutting through everything quite a sweet pallet treaclely and rich some hint of spice and pepper. Towey1989 (3266) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruits like plum and raisin, also burnt sugar, treacle, caramel, berry sweetness and a little spice. Taste of plum pudding, raisin, treacle, liquorice, alcohol and chocolate. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture. A warming, bittersweet fruity finish. The best beer I’ve had from Marston’s. A pleasant, flavourful, warming winter beer, but I have had better, similar beers.
jjsint (3492) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle froma corner shop in Cambridge. Thin, translucent chocolate brown with big supermarket beer carbonation. Malt-led aroma, like chocolate Horlicks. The taste is sweet, syrupy and treacly, leading to a figgy/sugary sweet malty finish. Thin body. This is actually pretty good although there are far better ales to be had for this ABV. stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from B&M Bargains, Stretford Mall 
MissPxx (991) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Dark caramel brown, light beige frothy head that dissipates
Aroma of rich fruity caramel malts, touch of alcohol
Taste of rich fruity caramel, soft toffee, little hops, mainly quite heavy sweet brown malts, touch of raisin, soft toffee malts, soft syrupy malts, alcohol a bit noticeable but ok, dab of some hedgerow fruits, the taste of rich malts is nice in this, simple for the abv
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, smooth texture. Sweet. Finish as main flavour, sweet malts, dab of warming alcohol
Overall - Just sweet fruity malts, same malts from aroma right to the finish. OK for under £2
Very subtle aroma. Dark brush and mildly fizzy. Thick caramel saying with a sticky throaty experience. Quite gorgeous.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Intensely rich. Very nice beer. Fruity and strong flavour. Not much alcohol. Very tastey indeed. Lovely mouth feel. Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Strong ale (or rather an old ale?) with sticky, light beige, creamy head and dark bronze colour with ruby hue, clear. Aroma of grassy and peppery hops, chocolate, lots of vanilla, candi syrup, caughing candy, pear, coffee liqueur. Soft fruitiness, malty caramel and chocolate, relatively light mouthfeel in relation to its strength, gentle hops in the finish with a bit of cloying sweetness. Very good and I would not be surprised if this improves significantly with ageing.