downender (8659) - 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 (4792) - 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 (950) - 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 (2334) - 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.
Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Cask at the Kings Arms, Holywell Street, Oxford 20-02-08 Oxford City CAMRA meeting Dark amber colour with some fruit and nut’s on the aroma. This was quite fruity and nutty in the mouth as well and rather enjoyable served in very good nick, lovely beer. Finn (7547) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2008
Cask at The Lamb Bloomsbury 7 Feb 08. Dark red / amber colored. Modest fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with hints of biscuit and fruit. Modest roasted aftertaste. Lacks strength to be a proper winter warmer. SaintMatty (7364) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2008
Cask at The White Hart, Overton- Dark brown in colour with red tinges. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee. Nutty, refreshing taste. Not as good as it used to be but still a good pint. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Cask at the Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth. Deep ruby colour with an off-white head. Aroma of malt and molassess. Well-balanced flavour - caramel malts, berries and fruity hops. Full bodied but with the alcohol content completely concealed. A good winter ale. berkshirejohn (6501) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2007
Cask at the Thatched House, London W11.Reddish chestnut body with a beige head; earthy malt aromas; nutty and fruity flavours, full and smooth; short strong bitter burst and then a sweetish finish.