ration (2188) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500ml. Pours dark brown with a foam that disappears. Aroma high caramel and some hay. Sweet british style taste. Not Bad.
downender (8481) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Humpers, Staple Hill. dark, ruddy brown with a short-lived, off-white head. Sweet, caramel, red berry fruit and candy sugar aroma. Flavour was a bit sugary, with a pasteurised edge some fruit fruit and warming alcohol finish. A bit industrial but still a good winter warmer.
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Bottle 500ml, in a bottleshop in Glasgow. Great beer. Aromas of toffee, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried some of this since Mike Enderby likes it and had it in the flat. Initial tan head looked promising but didnít last long. Nice attractive red brown colour. Initial fruity sweet aroma. Can smell the alcohol but itís not overpowering. Flat, heavy initial taste and then toffee followed by fruit and tingle on the side of the tongue. Not much lacing going on. Dryness makes you want to have another sip but for me, there appears to be too much sugar. A cheap sherry with sprinkings of dust comes to mind. Not sure why I donít like this as much as I think I should. Maybe itís just too sweet for me.
Marko (5413) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Since Iím stuck on this ferry for the next 5 hours might as well rate stuff I normally wouldnít even consider round these parts. Cola body, medium tan head. Fruity, slightly soapy malty nose, nice really. Slightly polleny and candyish. Light dull malty taste, the nice fruity (vague strawberry jam?) soapiness shows up again but the palate is thin and dry. Some light alcohol pops up... To be continued as it warms... Umm yeah. The tartness gets stronger and the alcohol too, though not terribly so. Gets slightly salty though. Dunno, hardly exciting but one can do far worse.
Dermi (1178) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 50, cl. Pours clear red with a wheat head. Aroma: Chocolate, malt, mild alcohol compound. Taste: Sweet, minimal bitterness. Caramel, malt, alcohol. Palate: Light bodied, little sticky. Moderate carbonation. Not good.
flying_pig (1531) - SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A really strong smell of alcohol straight away. The main aroma is a sweet smelling with some hints of toffee. Vague hints of licorice & chocolate malts are hinted at but are barely noticable due to the alcohol.
Dark, nutty brown colour from the bottle & forms a bubbly, brownish-white head that is about two fingers width high but disappears instantly.
Taste mirrors smell very closely giving a strong alcohol flavour. Itís very rich & sweet with toffee & caramel notes that are mixed in to the taste but again the alcohol is too great.
Medium bodied & quite fizzy on the palate with a slightly warm feel to it that is about its only saving grace. The texture is a chewy one & overall the feel is not great.
Quite a disappointing beer overall with a huge alcohol prescene in the taste as well as the smell that makes it a hard drink to swallow. Certainly not a beer Iíll be drinking again.
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Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled. Nice reddish brown color with a small tan head that disapear quickly. aroma has some hints of Dark fruit, roasted malt, toffee and burned sugar. Taste is quite bitter with hints of alcohol, nuts, toffee, roasted malt and dried frjits. mouthfeel is dry and sweet.
Martin243 (1119) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from B&M. Fruity-Toffee aroma from a beautiful ruby red beer. White head which quickly disappeared. Sweet heavy, and sticky caramel toffee syrupy flavours. Little carbonation, which would liven this beer up. Alcohol dominant. Not bad, but a little too sweet, a little too flat, and a little too sticky to be really good. Wouldnít want to drink more than one (at a time.)
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cL bottle. Pours a reddish brown. Smells of caramelized dark fruit, roasted malt, and English hops -- nice potency and balance in the aroma. Taste is initially a rapid explosion of flavor and medium (and somewhat rough) carbonation. The flavors here are strong alcohol, some nut, caramel, roasted malt, and a very small hint of dark fruit. The flavor then coalesces into a strong bitter (with a present alcohol taste) before finishing on a bittersweet note with a hint of caramel and maple syrup. Overall, the flavor is a bit rough (there are points at which the alcohol and bitterness are not finely balanced with the other notes), and this feeling is augmented by a moderately rough carbonation. I would prefer a more finely balanced beer with a bit more subtlety. But, then again, the rough feeling does give it a certain character. This beer is probably worth a try. Flavor is mellowed by some cheddar -- the two go quite well together.