zacgillbanks (5661) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
Bottle from Suddaby’s Pub, Malton. Hazy dark brown with ruby red highlights and a large rocky head of white foam. It has a blackcurrant, cherry and currant flavour with rich malty and burnt toffee notes followed by floral rich red fruit and a roasted finish. Very Good. tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark ruby in colour with a thin white head. Slight whiff of chocolate powder in the sweet malty aroma. Creamy texture to the mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with molasses, dates and syrupy raisins. There is a slight dusty hop presence in the short aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is malty with warming rich vinous notes of sweet sherry and treacle toffee. An excellent English Srong Ale and highly recommended. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2011
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] Dirty brown pour with a bubbly white head that reduces pretty quickly to almost nothing. Bitter malt aromas, almost cheesy nose. Rich deep flavours of stone fruit backed up by a tobacco bitterness. Alcohol in evidence on the finish, which is quite harsh and bitter. Not great balance to this one – maybe a bad bottle looking at the other ratings  hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2006
Dark brown with a few bubbles. Dark chocolate aroma, rather like a porter. A delicious sweet-sour fruit and chocolate malt taste with a full body and warm, dry alcoholic finish. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
What a great ale! Chocolatey coffee nose and initial flavour. Pours dark ruby with little or no head. Taste is stunning - rich but fresh at the same time, with a balance of dark notes and sweet berry fruit all finishing with a lightly bitter caramel malt. One of the nicest english ales I’ve had in a long time.
Fin (11070) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a good sized white head, malty and ever so slightly hoppy in the aroma stakes. sweet roasted malty flavours with some fruit flavours present and good full body to this tasty ale. Very good beer indeed. leaparsons (10866) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown with a dense cream head. Aromas are roast malts with chocolate and lots of berry fruit. Flavours are sweet coffee malts followed by strong alcohol notes. Also has winter fruit with mollases. Smooth on the palate with a dry, warming alcohol finish. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Crown Hotel, Malton 11/12/2004
Mid to dark brown coloured and strong in alcohol. Fruity. Some bitterness and dryness in a lasting finish. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown with a touch of ruby and a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet, chocolatey and malty with some brown sugar and dark fruit.
I have to say, that tastes superb; sweet, roasted, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits again with some nice hops in the finish, great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding.