scotty (1232) - SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2007
Had this after the appaling Peeterman Artois, and its a case of chalk & cheese. This has so much flavour, rich and slightly sweet, a wonderful balance of malt and hoppy fruit. Good chestnut colour with a good offwhite head, ends with a satisfying lingering finish, classy stuff! Bottle from Morrisons. beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
This is a fabulous winter beer - like a spiced fruitcake in a bottle. Rich, fruity, balanced by the dark roasted notes. Tastes great afterwards too - very satisfiying strong ale. 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. worldbeertaste (1819) - 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. knickskicks (1168) - - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, some ruby red hues; almost purplish. Beige head fizzles away quickly. Nose is barley, booze, and berries; port as it warms. Taste is berries, alcohol, fresh water, port, and cough syrup. The hop finish is very light and overshadowed by a sweet syrup taste. Medium mouthfeel. Could benefit from a little more body.
SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Lovely dark reddish brown colour, no head. Aroma of dark fruits. The taste is sweet malts, treacle and dark fruits. A slight alcohol warmth is minor and very little bitterness. Medium bodied. This is a sweet beer but I would not say sickly. Quite good. mike_77 (7234) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2013
Dark ruby brown colour. Aroma has some dried fruit and a touch of liquorice. Flavour has strong dark malts and sweet dried fruits. Quite rich and syrupy with light carbonation. redders1974 (1700) - 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. Trappis**d (34) - Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Dark ruby red ,wonderful colour, it has relatively high fizz for its strength, but quickly gives way to a warming deep steeped fruitiness with a slight bitterness to finish. Nice ale samjdix (74) - - JUL 15, 2017
Lethal. Pours as dark as expected. Complex aromas of treacle, oats and even some tar. Tastes of molasses and oats again. Everything I’d expect of something labelled a ’country ale’, just a shame that having one than two over a normal session would be headache-fodder!