dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2006
Dark brown with no head. Mild hoppy scent, some chocolate, quite a bit of sugar. Smooth but obviously carbonated. Quite bitter. In the mouth, there is a hoppiness there but not much else. beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2006
Not bad. Poured a reddish brown. And had a malty taste with some dark chocolate/coffeeish tastes. A little bit too watery. theisti (4157) - Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 Tap at Barley’s in OP, KS. Malt and bitter. Very much an English bitter. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was served a bit fresher. I got the sense this had been on tap for awhile. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
500 ml bottle
Recent brewing, spellbound 11/06
Medium pour in a Hobgoblin gift set shaker glass!
Poured a clear ruddy brown with an off white frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of moderate nuts, veggies, light coffee and earthiness.
Taste was upfront moderate sweet toffee and bitter mild coffee and flowery, almost citrusy, hops followed by a rustic yeasty and burnt malt bitterness on a mostly light bitter wet earth long finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, and softly carbonated.
Overall, the flavors and aromas aren’t extremely bold or complex, but distinct and clean. Easy drinking and tasty. terapenguin (11) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
I’ve had this in bottle and hand-pulled from the cask. Don’t bother with the bottled variety. During the year or so that I spent in England, I drank more of this than anything else. Dark in hue, very light head when pulled from a cask, it has a fine yeast aroma.
ganache (6009) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Rating No. 777. Bottle. Malty and mildly bitter aroma, dark amber body with a clingy creamy beige head. Very avg and typical with respect to bitterness and mild ale fruitiness AND crispiness and mouthfeel and caramel base. A nice layer of dark earthiness, though. Medium body seems watery at times. Decent avg session brew. epop033 (2) - van buren, Arkansas, USA - OCT 31, 2006 does not count
This is a very smooth novice friendly ale. It goes down easy and definitely warms you up. At four plus dollars per bottle in Arkansas, it is worth trying. Especially for Halloween. Not as satisfying as Sam Smith Winter Welcome, but for a few more weeks it will do. Hangover (1141) - oxford, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Had this one for halloween... oooh scary bottle lol! Slightly dark yet opaque red pour with a moderately thick and lasting tan head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma with a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Hops slightly bittering leading to a malty middle. Finish is bitter but watered down. Not bad. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2006
pours clear red with a frothy brown head (mostly diminishing) Aroma is heavily malty toasted, lightly hoppy floral aroma, sweet fruity yeast cherries and apple. Flavor is malty ans kind of sweet finsih is moderatly sweet and lightly bitter. Medium bodied watery and oily, softly carbonated. DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2006
Cherry red pour with an off-white head. Sweetly roasty caramel nose. Lots of roasted malt and maybe a dash of orange fruitiness. Nicely balanced hoppily bitter finish,with some biscuity notes in the afternose. Dark and roasty for a premium bitter/ESB, but I’m not complaining.