Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of matt7215. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Smells of fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of light fruit, earthy, bitter. Nice! Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The aroma reminded me of that of a Dubbel. It was malty and full of some nuts and fruits. It was smooth and flavorable and bettered as it got closer to room temperature. very impressed with this ale. CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours a chestnut/cola like color. Aroma is invitingly roasted, with hints of dried dark fruits, coffee, a slight smoke note perhaps. Flavor is really nice, with a slight sweetness balancing out the roasted notes. Very solid. mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2008
bottle from matt7125: pours a dark cola colour wiht a small off white head. aroma is a very roasty , some sugary dark fruits, very good. flavour is very smooth and lightfully full. the flavours seem to blend very well and this beer drinks awesome. the flavour sare lite roast chocolate, some sweet smooth caramel, finishes very well aslo a litle bitterness just fantastic. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
341mL bottle, no date from goryshkewych--thanks George! Clear deep reddish brown with a one finger light brown creamy head, fair retention. Walnuts, hazelnuts, and coffee grounds are what I picked up on first. Minerals and fruitcake cake next. Flavor adds a bit of wet paper oxidation and the slightest alcohol presence. The nuts and fruit are the most upfront. A lightly roasty semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 2. Light creamy carbonation with a body just slightly thinner than I’d have liked. I’d have no problem drinking a few of these--a nice surprise.
fredthecat (337) - CANADA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 a really nice and particular aroma, smells slightly candyish and fruity. tastes malty and sweet with a little bit of a dark stout taste at the back of the mouth, great low amount of carbonation and like any great high percent beer you cant even tell its anything better than normal. slightly less "filling" than the wellington dark allowing you to get alot more drunk without feeling bloated. also lower than "premium" priced, and with the 6.5% abv this is one of the best choices to get for cheap per alcohol unit and taste.
KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Yet another over-rated beer from this very average brewery. This is up there with Tankhouse for an allegedly flavourable ale, but both are thin, lacking malts, depths of flavours and seem almost too fizzy for an english ale. Give me a Fullers or John Bull any day or even a Belgian ale for big alcohol content with way more flavour. Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has more alcohol & way more flavour than this. This does have caramel and is sweet, but needs more malts to round it out. Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Seems to me that the formula has been changed recently. Creamier and less bubbly. The aroma is dried fruit, nuts and malt. The taste is creamy, nutty malt, reminds me of dopplebocks. Colour is dark brownish red with foamy tan head that thins quickly. Smooth, hides the alcohol well. Good blend with no ingredient overpowering the others. One of the best locals available at our beer stores.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours dark brown with thin off white head. The aroma is a load of the darkest of dark fruitiness with dates, prunes, and raisins along with a hint of roastiness. The flavors are well blended with notes of roasty malts, light amounts of caramel and toffee as well as prunes, dates, raisins and a mild sense of the ABV. It stays pretty even and unchanging into the finish. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth.
Good stuff .Wish my palate was a bit fresher when I tried this, to better take in everything that was going on here, because I think this is a pretty damn good beer. Forgot to take notes on this one. Would love to try again.