tombyars (1686) - 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/ danielyabu (1637) - Uni„o da Vitůria, 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. dulÁor 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. McWorta (1627) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 16, 2012
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. weaselkenievil (1608) - 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.
prawlie (1583) - 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 (1555) - SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle (500ml):HopfenWeisse (1529) - - JUN 28, 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. 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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From old backlog. Dark brown colour with tiny head. Aroma is malt, sweet sma as taste. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2005
Complex strong English ale. Poured a chocolate colour with plummy tints and an excellent frothing head. The nose has licorice, chocolate, spices and some peppery alcohol. Big alcoholic body. Port-like in intensity and satisfyingly bitter with some stoutish dryness in the finish. (Bottle) wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2008
Flat looking medium brown hue with a thin island of creamy, tan foam. Chocolate and toffee arrive first in the aroma, which is somewhat mild overall. Honey on buttered, toasted bread follows with cherries and prunes. Peppery, floral hops and light minerals combine in semi-sharp note, well out-done by the sweet side of things. Slight tint of cola / liquorice. The flavour starts fairly sweet, a little cocoa and caramel; washes through dark fruits at mid-palate; and culminates in a woody, floral, off-dry finish. Slim aftertaste of dried cherries. Not quite full bodied, with an oily texture and soft, yet bristly, carbonation. With warmth, the dark fruits come to life and a bit of alcohol leaves the mouth with a dry, red wine sensation. An enjoyable and interesting sipper with no big minuses except for price.