DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Clear dark brown, medium fine beige head. Malty nose with some roasty aromas and an almost vinous character. Medium full body, very light carbonation for a wonderful feel. Earthy, roasted flavors with hints of raisin and prune. Background of spiciness transitions into a light peppery, and balanced dry finish. joergen (29598) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Clear brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet aroma of dried fruits.
Flavour of dried fruits and liquorice with light roasted notes.
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Dark mahogany hue, with a shy tan head, the nose has some notes of yeast, very malty, with a winey accent, hint of oakiness in the aroma follows through on a raw malted full bodied palate, with a dark roasted malt, touch of pepper spiciness, black bitter chocolatey note, leading towards a robust malty accent and a delightful mild dryness finish. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
20 year old bottle from Logan.
A murkey deep brownish color w/ no head to speak of. Super sweet aroma big and malty carmel notes and some dark fruits, fig & plum. weak palate some coating. Flavor is very sweet carmel light grains and a smoke componenet. Seems to have held up well for a 20 yr old beer. Pretty good. anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2005
Dark brown colour with creamy off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of caramel. Some hints of smokey arome too. The flavor is malty with hints of caramel and licorice. Nice aftertaste with some hints of bitterness.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 The beer pours to a a dark brown body with light red highlights. Looks like a nice wood color. The beer has a creamy off-white head. The aroma kinda reminds me of a Thomas Hardy’s Ale. I get dark fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, grapes, licorice, and peat. Like a fine wine. Very complex. The flavor is nice. Also similar to Thomas Hardy’s. Even though they’re different styles, they’re similar in most aspects. The flavor has licorice and tobacco with smooth dark fruits and syrup/molasses. rosemary? The mouthfeel is coating and medium bodied with that winey feel. This is a good brew and well worth the $4.79.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Was able to try a 20 year old bottle from DenverLogan. Thanks!
Robe brune claire aux reflets roux surmontée d’une mince mousse beige. Arômes de noix, de bois et d’épices. Saveurs de malt brun, de noix, de bois et de houblon amérisant. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Smell is liquoicey and a bit cloying. Dark colour with a weak head. Smoky flavour with standard dark ale characters. Not a bad example of the style, but I’ve had better. harrisoni (19534) - 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.