Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
Dark mahogany-red with a nice head. The aroma has notes of raisins and dark, ripe fruits. The flavour has notes of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and plum, port wine and the body is quite full. The alcohol is well hidden. In the finish I find caramel and weak hints of licorice. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Page 307 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. Had a bottle of this it is rooty , light, and has a bitter sweet finish. Only 167 of MJ’s "Classic 500 Brews" to go. jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2007
[email protected]TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 20, 2007
Sweet, prune and apple aroma with hints of cherry. Ruby color, light brown head, few lace. Rather sweet, even a bit sugary, prune, raisin, hints of chocolate and licorice, bitter finish. Sticky and alcoholic. Nice and flavorful.
Bottle from supermarket in NZ, poured a dark brown with a reddish hue and a beige bubble head. A rich toffee aroma with a cherry fruit sweetness. A full mouthfeel with a syrupy stewed fruit flavour - cherry and apricots. Becomes more malty and dry through to the finish. Nicely done. sm89walt (2065) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Dark ruby with a medium, reasonably lengthy beige head. Roasted malts, caramel, toffee and red berries on the nose with a hint of alcohol. Toffee again in the flavours with boiled sweets, a dark fruitiness and strong notes of roasted malt. Thickish mouthfeel with warming and tingling sensations in the throat and on the tongue.
Leighton (21299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, red-brown with a slender, beige foam head. Lots of dark berries and grapes in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, mostly semi-ripe berries, grapes, plums, some rich bready malts, very light bitterness but really not much at all. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very faint alcohol warmth to finish, some sticky and toasted sugars, hints of chocolate, more berries, grapes, cherries, plums, suggestions of toffee. I’m actually somewhat fond of this beer. It drinks pretty smoothly. s_hartshorne (2784) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle b+m 7.4 abv. Dark red colour shorlived beige head. Aroma is weak dark fruits. Taste is sweet very fruity a bit o creaminess ok bitterness some warmth from alcohol. Medium body low carbonation. Good stuff. jackafholmes (1017) - - MAR 16, 2014
Dark with not much head. Sweet malts with forest fruit flavours. Smooth mouth feel, remarkably drinkable for its strength. Towey1989 (2835) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruits like plum and raisin, also burnt sugar, treacle, caramel, berry sweetness and a little spice. Taste of plum pudding, raisin, treacle, liquorice, alcohol and chocolate. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture. A warming, bittersweet fruity finish. The best beer I’ve had from Marston’s. A pleasant, flavourful, warming winter beer, but I have had better, similar beers. ianwelby (1394) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Clear, dark red beer with a filmy head. Smell s of earthy malt but not much else. Taste is malty too but with rich fruit and some caramel there too. Really nice and hearty.