dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 This is almost as good as the Fullers 1845, bitter with robust aroma of floral and banana... the flavour is a tad weak compared to the amazing aroma, but it certainly has a dark malt taste. I will definitely have this one again. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle pours dark copper, translucent, large sand colored foamy head, web like lacing, with soft carbonation.   Malty and biscuity aroma.   Subtle hints of dark pitted fruit along with trace hints of alcohol.   Smooth malts up front, somewhat heavy and dark.   Athough its fairly light for a strong ale.   Medium body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, biscuity, malty, with trance hints of dark pitted fruit.   Definitely a smooth English Strong Ale.   Me like!   Thanks goes out to radiomgb for the trade! DerWeg (1679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
Another winning dark ale from Welly, I like the nutty malt flavor overtones and the feeling of substance that makes this beer a satisfying ’crave’ item for me next to the very fine Imp. Stout. Eructoblaster (4183) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Dark brown body with reddish glints. Thin but lasting beige frothy head. Nice malty aroma with various notes of brown sugar, grapes, and vanilla. Taste is rich and complex. It is mainly malty and sweet, but there’s also nutty and roasty hints. It ends with a long, bitter, and warm finish. Excellent choice when coming back from work on a cold and rainy Friday. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry! Really enjoyed the nose on this one... like a stronger brown ale with nutty notes, chocolate, brown sugar, and rum-laced darker fruits... a little spiciness on top. Flavor had smooth caramel, chocolate, and nutty malts at the core... mild herbal bitterness, a little wood, and brown sugar were secondary... finish picked up a bit more alcohol, which threw off the balance a tad. This was a very good beer that I could drink a lot of. Thanks Harry!
markas101 (2438) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
33cl bottle, Shelburne. Dark amber pour, sweet caramel and spices. Full flavour, smooth finish, very little alcohol evident for such a strong beer. Great job. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
Acquired in a trade with Matt7215. Pours a mahogany colour with a nice tan coloured head. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, a hint of red berries and a nutty aroma. Tastes nice and roasty with caramel and chocolate coming through. The finish tastes like spiced nuts. Creamy mouth feel. Nice beer. Thanks Matt! EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 1, 2009
Caramel, chocolate, and a bit of an alcohol warmth that comes through in the finish. When compared to the "Wellington County Dark", this beer is by far the superior brew. Sweet and nutty, with a bit of roast. Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a very thin light tan head. Mild caramel thats nuitty with good malting. The mouth is full and rich with dark fruits, complex sugars and a slight hopsy bitter. A great brew. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that gently dissipated to leave a light somewhat foamy lacing roaming along the glass in a slight trickling sort of fashion.
The smell started off with a rich nuttiness eventually allowing a light vanilla and then an intruding chocolate with a decent booziness.
The taste took all of those flavors and combined wonderfully.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability to it. The carbonation finishes slightly harsh and its got a deal boozy vanilla aftertaste.
Overall, this was a pretty good offering that I would have again.