tombyars (1768) - 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/ JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
(n bottle) With the first pour, a lot of dade and molasses aroma. After the disapearense of the head, it´s hard to detect any sents. Small trases of fudge, wood and alcohol. Dark ruby red, clear and no head. the flavour is more simpel than the aroma; lots of goodie-goodie malts and that´s about it. maybe some liqurice and a very sweet/bitter finish, allmost too sweet. danielyabu (1708) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JUL 10, 2010
large frothy light brown head. excellent lacing. mostly lasting. translucent average reddish-brown body. aroma: light malty, molasses, mild coffee.if and ff: moderate sweet and light bitter; average duration. palate: medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and light alcoholic finish. dulçor acentuado pelo fato da mesma ter sido bebida a uma temperatura mais alta que a recomendada. leves toques de laranja no aroma. baixa drinkability. vale 18 dos 23. 40s. prawlie (1676) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle from Londis. Sort of an English bock. Quite nice but it lacks the complexity of something like Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock. flying_pig (1647) - SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2011
McWorta (1633) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 16, 2012
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. It’s 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 I’ll be drinking again.
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UPDATED: JUL 14, 2015 Rubin red and brown in colour. On the nose develop aromas of roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. Small fast fading toast coloured head. Bit fizzy, medium-full body. Medium sweet with a touch of bitterness. Finish is dry and nice. redders1974 (1630) - 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. weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. The colour of Hugh Heffners dressing gown, head went very quick. Alcohol hidden quite well and made for a quite drinkable ale. Nice enough, better than most Marstons imo. Cheers. JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2009
A 0.5L bottle from Alko shop. Sour mild nose. Thin pale head. Reddish copper brown colur. Fruity taste with some hints of prunes. Barleywine like. Fully malty sweet round taste. A good one. HopfenWeisse (1558) - - JUN 28, 2012
From old backlog. Dark brown colour with tiny head. Aroma is malt, sweet sma as taste.