mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2005
Ruby colour (surprisingly), ugly yellow clumpy head which sticks around. Not much of anything in the aroma - yeastiness dominates, toasty malt, diacetyl and a distinct gingeriness as it gets to room temperature. There’s a bit of rusty hop flavour, then an intensely flabby-sweet malt character hits you, with hints of sultana and marzipan. Bitterness is masked, but it’s there because I could taste it after eating some chocolate cake. Didn’t impress me all that much, though these pasteurised, bottled English ales rarely do. Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2005
poured hazy copper colored with a nice creamy biege head. aroma: caramel, grassy hop, vanilla and nutty. taste: bit fenolic in the beginning, sweet, roasted malt, nutty, and a little spicy. finishes more bitter and hoppy. tart, dry, vinous mouthfeel. strange and excellent, but a bit too sweet for my taste. Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2005
Pours a dark amber, with a creamcoloured head. Aroma is sweet malty. Taste is sweet, with a medium sweet aftertaste Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2006
Bottle. Some taste of roasted coffee and alcohol. A reddish colour with white foam, medium sweetness, bitter finish, medium body. A little bit disappointed but not bad. Slightly too much alcohol and too little ale taste. Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2006
Aroma: fruity, syrup, honey, lovely malt, dates, some hops, alcohol, grapes. Apperance: stark orange red (clear), yellowish white foam that sets quickly. Flavor: initially metallic, pretty bitter, apply afterharshness, vinous, some sweetness (raisinlike), mineral, slightly salty. Palate: very good, dry and rolling, rough.
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
This beer really is deep ruby red. It has a nice bitterness and a luring caramell maltyness I for one don’t mind. However does feel a little thin if I recall correctly, also s biy boring (in lack of a better word). Might have again to re-rate. Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Amber with fair ligth brown head. Sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Big sweet taste and a aftertaste of burnt caramel. bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. I want to start this review with a reservation: The sharp sweetness that I found in this beer might be a lactose infection. I will return to this ale later and I might revise then.
The colour is brown-red; the liquid is a little bit cloudy.
The smell is roasted with some bitterness, diacetyl and nuts. Quite nice, I think.
The carbonation is a little sharp with lots of small bubbles.
The taste is very sweet (almost saccharine-like) and wine-like with a full-bodied flavour. The bitterness is rather mild. There are also notes of brown sugar and herbs. The long aftertaste is also dominated by the heavy sharp sweetness with notes of strong wine and fruit drops.
I am unconvinced of this ale, but as I said, it might be damaged.