Benters (157) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2017
Pours dark ruby with a thin white head. Big malt-driven fruity aromas of dark stewed fruits, raisins, caramel and treacle with rich alcoholic notes and some hop presence. Taste is rich, complex, fruity sweetness balanced by acidity, warming fusel alcohols. Long and rich finish. Enjoyed this beer paired with bread & butter pudding at Paul Ainsworth’s restaurant in Padstow - the ultimate beer and food pairing, with the rich sweet caramel and raisin flavours coming together brilliantly and the carbonation helping to cleanse the palate between mouthfuls. A really special beer, up there with my favourites of all time. Juniquex (7) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016 does not count
Very interesting. Fruitcake aroma. Rich flavour. Slightly spicy. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Not an official Christmas ale, but tastes more Christmasy than anything else I’ve drunk this month. Leighton (23125) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle at home in London - picked up at Kris Wines a few years back. This beer is a ’Vintage 2013’. Pours clear amber-ruby with a fine, creamy khaki head. Nice aged character in the nose, with ripe and gooey fruits, caramel, toasted malts, graham cracker, toffee. Medium sweet flavour, smooth and luscious, with lots of ripe, semi-dark fruits, plenty of fig and date, some berries, brown bread, chewy toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Nicely balanced in the finish, with more bready malts, toffee, hints of toast, figs, berries. Lovely stuff overall. Has aged gracefully. TheKernOwl (217) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Smells a bit like a Porterhouse porter, but more sweet (cinnamon-y – or something Christmas-y, like a chocolate candied orange slice?) – and slightly boozy. Thick caramel (coca cola/good balsamic vinegar) malts in the mouth – something like figs and sticky toffee pudding sauce. Bit of (ground coffee) bitterness on way out, but then toffee malt return to ensure sweet end. Theydon_Bois (21894) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle at home, 27/05/16.
Chestnut brown with a well appointed beige cap.
Nose is bitter dark fruit rinds, toasted brown sugar, caramel, earthy hop notes, candied fruit peels.
Taste comprises toasted brown sugar, treacle toffee, sticky toffee pudding, light spice, caramel fudge.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a sticky hop dusting.
Solid old ale ... plenty of flavour pulsing throughout this one.
MayumiH (1224) - - APR 18, 2016
Bottle at home. Tastes like Christmas beer in a good way. Sweet up front. Nice spice, honey flavours. Quite flavourful. Tasty beer. BeerViking (5200) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Hazy dark brown, an initial sweetness and some earthy funk give way to sultanas and a dry-sweet malty body with a touch of tartness and faint cocoa notes. Like a Bretted barley wine. sir__v (2632) - FRANCE - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle from Utobeer, London - UK. Color: clear dark brown beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: malt domination, sweet caramel and toffee. Small alcohol finish. Taste: full body, malt domination and toffee notes. Caramel domination. Brown sugar. Superb sweet finish, quiet good attenuation. Small alcohol finish. Aftertaste: astringent with toffee and caramel. Quiet interesting beer. Fin (11187) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle at Browns Restaurant, Leeds, Thursday 12th November 2015. Dark amber appearance with a thin off white head. A touch of wet wood, fruit and caramel intermingle on the nose. Some similar elements picked out in the mouth, fruit a touch of tartness at times, plumskins, some oakiness, but overall an interesting and rather decent effort from Sharps in fact pleased to see it in a restaurant like this. A6 A3 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4 lokis333 (632) - Birï¿½ai, LITHUANIA - OCT 8, 2015
Hazy caramel color with off white foam. Aroma is very pleasant of fruit, pricot, fig like. Palete is soft, smooth and light but has some body to it. Tasted strong, bit of alcohol and fig. Over all interesting beer, something completely new for me, definatly worth to give it a try.