chappy5445 (2) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012 does not count
Easily the best tasting real ale I tried in my 2 trips to England and I tried quite a few. Fruity and smooth. I only wish it was available in Canada. There are a number of English real ales to be had here but none can come close. jduck1979 (10) - Whitby, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
Looked alright, smelled alright, tasted alright..... but wouldn’t recommend consuming on a regular basis, especially if you’re a bit of a lightweight / not used to drinking as this stuff is evil (but in a good way) as one bottle’s enough to get you feeling pished, and pretty rough. 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. nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
Kick Ass! Definately one of Marstons finest. Deep dark colour with a great taste and enjoyable fruity notes. Its all a matter of taste really as I think the lack of masses hoppy bitterness is definately a plus. Great beer. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
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.
RobBestwick (951) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2003
Bottled: pours with a dark brown hue and a nice thick and frothy head, malts are dominant but there are some interesting fruit notes together with smoked and woody tones, full bodied, very enjoyable. tombyars (1749) - 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/ ambrosemac (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
Absolutely solid performer. Almost a Stout beer - and definitely full of malts. I love this beer, the strength almot undiscernible due to the quality of flavours.. adv (22) - Milan, ITALY - APR 14, 2003
Strong and well balanced. A glorious example of the most traditional English ales! MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle, 7.6%. Peppery and creamy aroma. Very dark brown colour, clear and with a chestnut shine. Good sweet flavour, quite peppery, quite malty. Very nice and actually well-balanced in spite of the strength.