harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle. Deep ruby colour with thin beige head. Liquor like aroma with deep brown sugar and black treacle. Smooth in mouth though and strength doesn’t dominate too much. Perfect to watch a game of rugby with on a winter’s afternoon. Good quality with lasting dry hop treacle finish. Seems odd mix, but it works well MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
A Mes rate:
Dusty old tobacco aroma with some malt too. Great dark ruby red body topped with a tan head that settles quickly to a thin film but lasts well. Slightly smokey with some caramel, toffee and more tobacco in the flavour. Strangely meaty too. Pork maybe? Slightly metallic in the finish which I dont like and a little bit thin in the mouthfeel. Not a patch on the awesome Jacobite which is at this time the only other beer I have tasted from this brewer. Still a damn fine ale though. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Poured a clear dark golden amber. Sweet and malty with caramel and an earthiness. Earthiness continues through to flavor. Malty and thin with a dry woody finish. Can taste the alcohol in this. Surprisingly warming. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle, dark brown pour, maybe some orange hints. Caramel malty peaty aroma with some smoke. Big caramel malty flavors, some fruity plum esters too. Nice and drinkable. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.
Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.
Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There’s almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours dark orange / red to light brown in color with a decent beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is so earthy it is almost worm-like, with a little peat smoke and dark malt. Roasted malt, a little coffee, and some toffee or licorice in flavor. A little more hop bitterness than I expect for this style. If the aroma was so overpowering earthy, I would like this one alot more, but still pretty good. Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2005
Deep dark red, syrupy. Dense head that quickly disappears. Thick, massive aroma and lots of flavors in a delightful mix. Lots of malt, smoke and coffee, well disguised alcohol. A fraction too sweet. Drink it, don’t complain! screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2005
Has a red-brown almoust black colour with a off-white head. The aroma is complex. It has aroma from chocolte and plums. Little earthy as well. The taste is little bitter, smoky and malty. Great ale! Tmoney99 (14490) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours a ruby color with a small white head that diminished slowly and produced good lacing. Average plum and spice aroma. Medium body with a oily texture. Good fruity flavor with mild smoke finish of an average duration. rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2005
Bottled. Very dark red-brown, with tiny off-white head.
Typical barley-winesque sour aroma, plum, spices, red wine.
Fairly complex flavor of plum, cinnamon, liquorice, malty sweetness.
Very well balanced. Smooth palate.
Surprisingly mild, not as "heavy" as I’d expected.
Short, slightly bitter/sour finish.