SilkTork (5884) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Oct, 2004: Cask, JDW, Rochester. Dark, sweet and fruity with a light and refreshing palate - an excellent Old Ale. Juicy raisins, hints of chocolate, autumnal leaves and a damp tree bark finish. Stunning. [4.1] MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 27 Jan 2005 DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2005
Full bodied and pretty complex. Well matured sample, me thinks. Raisins, dark chocolate, marsipan and figs were some of the stuff I could recognise. 6/5/7/5/14 (3.7).
Cask @ The Tiviot, Stockport, UK 29 Jan 2005
Gravity dispensed. Full, full bodied. Very complex. Dark fruits, slightly salty and a hint of salmiak. I wish I bought some bottles to bring home for maturing. (This rated)
Cask conditioned & on Hand Pump in the Babington, Derby. DanielBrown (4549) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Very dark brown / blac-ish colour.
Very harsh taste, Liquorice flavours, struggled a bit with the half I had
Hand pulled at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh, Kook, Duff and Maeib. Dark brown, with a faintly sour aroma. Very spicy in the mouth - strongly peppery. Strength on the finish, which continues a medicinal noted theme. Pretty good, and possibly the whole is more than the sum of it’s parts. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Roasty, alcohol, sweet, bitter finish. This was rather nice but there are better, compared to some of the competition this didn’t hold up as well as it might have, but it was very strong (in more ways than one) competition.
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
[email protected]BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Moon Under Water (JDW), Twickenham. Good value at only £1.70 a pint. Bit of a struggle though to finish a pint. It is quite sticky and sweet, with lots of warming alcohol. Caramel, wood, raisin, also a slightly salty sherry like quality.
Cak: dark ruby red, burnt beige foam. Mild dry aroma. Dark fruity flavor, raisins and berries, caramel, sherry-ish, burnt alcohol. Significant bitterness balances well. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW Northampton. A very dark brown beer with reddy tints. The aroma is suprisingly thin although some Christmas raisins come through. The taste is of dark fruits and alcohol but it is not warming in the way you would expect a beer of this strength. Instead it is a bit thin and unexciting, although the fact it may have been a couple or so degrees too cold might have led to that impression. Still a good beer. Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
Cask at Hamilton Hall, Liverpool Street. Dark brown with thin beige head. Quite sweet but with some hops coming through towards the end. A pleasant surprise to find on draught and in good condition. Probably would benefit from conditioning in the cellar for a few months but well done Wetherspoons for serving this and at only 1.79 a pint. theboyollie (5) - St Mellons, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004 does not count
Awesome beer. Try this on a cold winters night to warm your cockels! Too many though and you’ll not be atnding up for long!