Stew41 (1724) - 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 (1040) - 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 (1412) - 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 (3702) - 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
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany color with a tan head, the aroma is floraly hoppy with fruits and some sweet malt. a bitter finish.
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Redish color, big creamy head. Fruity malty aroma with a peace of hops. Nice bitter taste, and a sweet finish.