arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into Duvel tulip glass; purchased 6/2004 at Binny’s, Grand and Wells. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I checked up on its percentile after buying it, and I expected nothing special. Instead, I got a very unique experience. This is maybe the best-smelling beer I’ve ever had: caramel popcorn, a bit of yeast, and butter toffee were strong in the nose. It poured a deep ruby color with a beige head, fair lacing but nothing special there. It tasted very much like it smelled, only it had an undercurrent of dark fruitiness and understated hop bitterness on the finish, which I would have hoped to be longer. Creamy in the mouth and yet just acidic enough and medium-bodied enough to be really refreshing. Overall: balanced and silky smooth. I’m glad I picked this up on a whim.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer came in a 500 ml. brown bottle with a best before date of 3 February 2005 on the back label. The pour was clear reddish brown with a decent sized reddish white head. The lacing was good too. The aroma was sweetly malty with some earthy mild English hops lurking in the background. The taste was similar with chocolate malts, dark skinned fruits, rum raisins, and charred wood. The hops were restrained, but provided a peppery kick and a dry mouthfeel. It is a bit of stretch to call this one a Strong Ale, as this is at a mere 6% ABV. I would put it in the category of an ordinary Brown Ale. But call it what you may, it is quite good.
ARMed (571) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown brew with a small minimal head. Creamy and flavorful brew with a sweet butterscotch / caramel malt flavor. Smooth and bitter at the same time. A good tasting beer that goes down smooth without the sharp alcohol taste.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitter, but not hoppy, with a slight malt flavor. Bitterness lingered at the back of the tongue. Not really my favorite style.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep copper colourwith a creamy white head - some lacing. Earthy hop and malt nose. Malty body with some alcohol evident and an enjoyable bitter finish. Has a nice soft mouthfeel. I’ll like to have a session on the cask version. A good beer.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown ale with toffee coloured head. Sweet flavour, roasted malts (toasted bread). Coffee? Hints of liqourice. Black currants too?. Overall above average.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Has a light tan, medium head topping the gorgeous dark red color. This aromas are toffee and Red Delicious apples at first. The smells change into cider as it warms up. The taste is light with coffee and caramel at first. With warming the flavors are stronger, more like cinnamon and bread. This is very enjoyable and would make a great session beer.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with a lovely lasting head. Aroma faintly of apples, yup, we have an English beer here folks. Flavor was a nice balance of sweet caramel and toffee oriented malts, with apple notes and a drying bitterness on the finish. Understated, balanced, and tasty.
bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely colour, ruby red with a tan coloured head that was mostly lasting and left nice lacing. Aroma was of malt, fruit and alcohol. Rich malt flavours in the taste with some chocolate, chalk and wine.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a medium sized frothy ivory head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. This beer was carbonated, transparent and the hue was mahogany. The aroma was malty, caramel, sweet, fruity and some alcohol. The flavor was sweet, malty, and light hops. There was an aftertaste observed with this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and the lacing was sparse.