BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Brown bottle, 500ml, best before mid Dec 2007, drank 1st Feb 2007.
Poured into two Corsendonk glasses, more for me, less for the wife.
Ruby Red, almost port like in colour, but not as thick. Good tanned head, left for the rim of the glass fairly swiftly though.
Plum or Christmas pudding in aroma, sweetness also comes through in waves.
The taste is a bit too sweet for me, the Christmas fruits from the aroma come along, which only adds to the rich almost sickly flavour.
Burnt caramel, and the Christmas feel give the sweetness to much leeway and the resultant mouthfeel is also too sweet for my liking.
7.6%, too sweet, but a half before bed, would not be a problem.
Wolfbass (1166) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 4, 2012
Nel complesso non è male, ma alla lunga può davvero stancare. Comunque va bene per una serata in compagnia... worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 Strong Red colour with a quick disappearing fizzy dark brown head. Smell of roast malt, caramel. Typical smell of a bitter. No alcohol on the nose considering the abv. Medium frothy oily body. Slightly grainy. Strong red fruit, cherries, berries, and plums taste. Sweet caramel malt, woody bittersweet finish. Some alcohol with some gut warming elements. Warming. Grzesiek79 (4297) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 20, 2012
earthy, grass, hay, butterscotch, bubblegum, alcohol, red, cloudy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
First tasted this in the Bon Accord, Glasgow in December 1982 and lastly in March 2005, somewhere in York town centre. This is the 2005 review. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark port in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Strong and sweet aroma of Robinsons strawberry jam which is long in intensity. Creamy smooth texture to the thick mouthfeel and superb lacing throughout. Dark malts deliver a rich maltloaf base with plump juicy fruit medlay of plump strawberries, rasberries and then sweet molasses and soft caramel. Decent prickle of dusty earthy hop resins are much in evidence in the short bready aftertaste but really short lived though. Finish is warming with strong vinous alcoholic notes of port followed by soft toffee and thick strawberry jam. This is a classic English Barley Wine and has been consistantly good down through the years. Highly recommended and well worth the effort to seek this out in cask. Up there in my top ten along with Belhaven 90/
saxo (18302) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, rich malt, caramel, nuts and hops. Long sweet finish. kingstoni (2088) - FINLAND - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber colour with no head. Sweet malty aroma with cyrup. Flavour is sugary malt. Medium body. Low carbonation. ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
7.6% very deep amber with a thin head, sweet fruity aroma, fruity taste with some caramel, very nice beer. martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
500ml bottle bb jul 12 pours deep coppery brown with tan head that soon goes malty alcohol aroma with hint of dried fruit . taste is slow to start then sweet notes caramel hints some liqorice then a long drier aftertaste .moderate carbonisation not a bad beer all in all but give me a sam smiths Stingo anytime Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle from The Cave. Clear dark red colour, medium off-white head. Nose is sweet and slightly toasted malts, candy sugar, nutty, light sourness, bit alcoholic. Flavour is sweet malty upfront, bit of spices, followed by slight alcoholic tones, sour fruits. Slightly dry and fruity finish. Quite enjoyable.