dynamiteninja (1864) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Thin mocha head with instant dissipation. Mahogany body. Nose is acetone, red fruit, oak, bubblegum. Bittersweet with some slight sourness. Dry finish. Fizzy mouthfeel. ciocanelu (2536) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 24, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 500 ml bottle, poured into a pint.
Color is black-reddish. Large head that stays a while and leaves a thin layer.
Aroma is roasted malt and booze.
Taste is also dominated by roasted flavors and also a hint of liquorice . Not as boozy as the aroma suggested.
Body feels medium and is well carbonated.
Overall this is an interesting beer. Very drinkable at it’s 7.4 ABV. joe19612 (2929) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, malty aroma with fruit, taste is light and fruity with malt with a dry finish. jackafholmes (1017) - - MAR 16, 2014
Dark with not much head. Sweet malts with forest fruit flavours. Smooth mouth feel, remarkably drinkable for its strength. Beese (2743) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle from Tesco (I think). Poured ruby with a rapidly dissipating off white head. Sweet, malt heavy aroma with some sticky fruit and cream soda. Initial flavour is dates, burnt sugar and chewy grain. Finish was far more alcoholic than one might expect for the strength and quite sickly sweet.
s_hartshorne (2784) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle b+m 7.4 abv. Dark red colour shorlived beige head. Aroma is weak dark fruits. Taste is sweet very fruity a bit o creaminess ok bitterness some warmth from alcohol. Medium body low carbonation. Good stuff. Mr_Pink_152 (5011) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
500ml bottle from supermarket. Dark, almost black coloured, no real head. Aroma of dried fruit. Flavour is sweet malt, and dried fruit. Not sure if this 7.4% is now the norm, but a good beer all the same. Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown wit ruby highlights and cm thick ivory head which was quick to disappear.
Aroma: Raisin, caramel/toffee, bread, liquorice, slightly vinous, stewed fruit/fruit cake.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, dried fruit, caramel, sweet but slightly bitter finish with subtle alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very good. This rating is for the 7.4% ABV bottled version. longcasepaul (7) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
very strong proper english ale,very dark,very flat,very strong,think liquid christmas cake,very fruity with a long bitter finish.excellent bottled ale. jmgreenuk (9457) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin frothy tan head. The aroma is big roast and a hint of yeast with some burnt treacle. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth liqourice, slightly alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. This was a lovely heart-warming beer and perhaps one of the best I’ve ever had from Marstons.