TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Nice dark amber colour, but practically no head whatsoever. Very nice aroma, reminds me a sweet Belgian; rich roasted malt, toffee, some nuttiness. Taste also reminiscent of good Belgian ale, with good sweetness, toffee and coffee notes, roasted nut and vanilla biscuit, some mild hoppiness to add some balance. This is excellent. thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
The beer has a great story it is very dark, ruby brown with a thin but clingy head. Big roasted malts, light fruity hops and a little chocolate/caramel.
A nice strong ale, very smooth finish.
taisapi (3) - boyup brook, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
On tap at GoldenLion Rochford. Strong fruity nose. Rich toffee flavours with some fruit and whisky. Small head. A great beer for winter/xmas. tombyars (1683) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Tasted this at the Troon beer festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark mahogany in colour with a thin off white head. Strong, sweet malty aroma brimming with raspberry and honey notes, long in intensity. Thin syrupy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives an intense fruitloaf base with sweet juicy notes of ripe raspberry, black cherry, plum and clear honey. There is a slight prickle of earthy hop resins adding a light bitter bite to the brief aftertaste. Finish is very malty with warming plum brandy notes full in the mouth giving an alcoholic warming burr in addition to the sweet fruit notes of old fashioned spangles, raspberry cordial and rosehip syrup. This is a full on Strong Ale / Barley Wine and for me was best beer at the Troon beer festival. Seek this one out, comes highly recommended. mt_hall (201) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2012
Bottled. Clear dark brown with a very small, short-lived light brown head. A sweet, malty, fruity nose. Very smooth, with a sweet start and a drier, hoppy finish. Hides the high alcohol behind complex and well balanced flavours. Excellent.
jjsint (3001) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Cask @ Lamb, Stoke Goldington. Cola-coloured brown with a shade of ruby. Smell of alcohol, almost whisky-like. Sweet caramel taste with warming edges. Sweet smoky finish with a hint of bitterness. Sublime and intense. omhper (24968) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Deep burgundy in colour. Fruity and salty nose. Very malty, full bodied. Surprising almond and banana flavour. Very dry. Salty, bitter finish. Almost like a Belgian style doubel dark, but perhaps leaning towards a barley wine as well. Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Clear, rich, dark red-brown pour with a modest head. Plenty of dark, ripoe fruits on the nose, some caramel malts. Very sweet flavor, tons of fruit punch, cherries, grapes, berries, mild caramel and straight sugar. Medium to full in body with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of sugars, some ripe fruit, subtle booze, more berries. One of the better English barley wines I’ve had; I don’t like sour malts. Unrefined and slightly in-your-face, this is a decent brew. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottled (from Utobeer). Deep amber colour, small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some quite hoppy notes, mild spices as well as some slight alcohol sweetness. Flavour is rather sweet malts, alcohol, some toasted notes as well as quite big on the hops. Wellbalanced and rather pleasantly balanced. gscratch (9) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
Quite a departure from my usual IPA and Brown Ales. Malty, toffees, a little hop up front. There is a little smokyness there. Reminds me of Sherrys I tried when I was much younger. Undercarbed a little, but it bites the tip of the tongue a little anyway. Pours a bubbly finger of head, but dissipates quickly. One might think you were partaking of a flat coke looking at the glass. I quite like this though.