Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Cask. Bury, 1997. Deep reddish brown color with a thin tan head that disappears slowly and leaves scant lacing. Aroma of raisins and plums. Taste is on the sweet side, good body, lots of dark fruits. Decent. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
[email protected]evergreen0199 (3570) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2009
Founders Arms, London. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, some slight sugary and mildly raisiny notes as well. Flavour is raisins, plum and some slight notes of sweet malts. Wellbalanced and nice and also tastes good with food.
Cask at The Rising Sun, Pimlico, London. Deep brown/ruby pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruit. Sweet, roasty, caramel, nutty, quite rich tasting. This beer is much thinner than it used to be. Still quite pleasant and warming but I remember when this beauty was brewed at Wandsworth and it really was worth looking forward too. Youngs of Bedford is now a shadow of its former self, all in the name of money, what a shame. bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Handpulled cask at the Red Lion Radlet. Deep ruby with a beige head. Predominately malty with a slightly corky characture. Hop bitterness has definitely gone down since 2007/8 batch. I’ve been drinking this beer since the late 70s and seen the quality go up and down over the years. The switch to Bedford was at first a reasonable match but the last batch (2008/9) showed a noticable decline.. Lighter in colour and distinctly more watery in flavour. Such a shame. I really used to look forward to drinking this every winter. Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Medium dark crisp brown with a lacy head that clings to the edges of the glass.
Chocolatey flavours in the aroma with some dark pruney fruits.
Weak malts and hops but it is tasty. The finish contains bitter malts and caramel sweetness, it’s great and smooth.
Pretty delicious seasonal; drinkable and friendly,provides rosy cheeks a plenty.
downender (9008) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bristol Ram, Bristol. Chestnut coloured with a moderate off-white head. Caramel, malty aroma with some fruit in the background. Flavour was sweet, with toffee, nuts and a hint of roastiness. Good. BeerViking (5133) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Re-rated for the 2009/10 version: Cask/handpump at the Express in Brentford. A deep red with a coarse off-white head, aromas of chocolate and dried fruit are followed by a roast malty and dry/sweet body, with a drying finish and hints of orange. Very nice, but not as satisfying as in previous years.
2008/9 version: Cask/handpump at the Old Ship in Richmond upon Thames. Dark ruby with a thin but tight beige head. The aroma is fruity with hints of plums, demerara and lemons and just a touch of yeast. Very full-bodied with a rich yet drying and almost nutty palate. Big satisfying treacle and hops aftertaste. 7/4/8/4/16 reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2008
Cask @ Dirty Dick’s, Liverpool St. Reddish amber with an off white head. Bready malt, apple and caramel in the nose. Taste is much the same, a hint of fruit with sweet bready malts and caramel. wheresthepath (2424) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[on draught at the Boot & Slipper, Amersham] Uncarbonated. Chocolate, plum, strong taste of malt. Dangerously easy to drink. Lovely sweeter ale - even went down well with a cheesecake! Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2008
Dark amber colored, little yellow head. Licorice dominates aroma, some caramel and lemon also here. Medium bodied. Flavor has also this licorice here with some berries, not as strong though. Aftertaste gets dry and sour with some hops.