JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep red colour,but an off-putting almost cat litter aroma.Once you get past the smell the taste has a nice fruit quality,sweet with a bitter palate.Its quite good,but its not the beer for me!
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah. Pours a rich red/brown color, somewhat hazy, very, very slight head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Pears, grape, and sweet malts. Flavor is rich and full, tart and sweet to start, lots of medium to dark fruit flavors, slight spiciness, then gives way to a moment of alcohol, then mellows with a great balance of hops and malts, toffee and slight peppery flavors are followed by a bitter dry finish. Nice complexity.
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown with a slight red tinge. Red wine, porty , a little stewed fruit on the nose. Shows good depth. Feels a little hot from the alcohol lift but not a particularly strong beer at 6.3%.
Shows good balance in the mouth with dark malty characters (not roasted) and again some heat. Finishes a touch bitter (e.g extracted in wine parlance) leaving the beer ever so slightly disjointed.
scotty (1047) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely burnt gold colour, firm white head, looks very appealling. Malty nose with hoppy aromas creeping through. This is a big beer with a multitude of flavours, but remains well balanced. There is a long lingering finish, a very satisfying brew. Very complex, but drinks easily for 6.3% ~ DELICIOUS
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark ruby/copper color with a modest head and a fruity aroma-plums, citrus and maybe a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, sweet and malty, a little toasty with flavors of dried fruit, berries, cherries and a touch of vanilla or butterscotch. Underlying hoppy bitterness expanded in the lingering finish. Not really a sipper but a fairly substantial ale and quite tasty.
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Outstanding English strong ale. Fabulously inviting rummy aroma, bursting with fruit (green apples?) Medium-bodied and very smooth for the abv (6.3%). Dark malt and raisin notes and a big warming finish. Fine winter drinking.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong and tasty above-average English ale performing well in the bottle. Aroma of medium dark malt, medium-body hops, and slight honey. Aftertaste of Dawn detergent (this may be my fault) but overall solid. I would try this again.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish colour with big head. Aroma is malty with some berry. Flavor is sweet and malty with some dark fruit.
DanielBrown (3748) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Strichely Co-op, Birmingham. Amber, with a receding, big foam head. Subtle malt aroma. The first thing that hits you is the extra strength - rooty and chewy - followed by a sweet, pillowy, marshmallow flavour. Warming on the throat and a honey-malt aftertaste. Noticeable abv hit. Pretty good, though I prefer the less strong version.
mrbrownale (7) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice fruity taste. I think I can taste some blackcurrant notes in the background of a good malt/hop balance. Nice ale