eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle said 6.0% ABV. Ah, I wasnít impressed. Dark brown color with a nice head and decent lacing. Aroma was somewhat buttery, as with many an English Ale. This one tasted of caramel and toffee with a buttery type flavor. There was a little bit of hops in the finish, but nothing overwhelming. Mouthfeel was the highlight, nice and creamy. Otherwise, just another beverage.
saxo (16071) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is dark ruby. Aroma is caramel and hops. Taste is rich and full with a hoppy finish.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: $2.49 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Lot Number 5069 14:56. I had Adnams Broadside on cask a couple years ago and was mightily underwhelmed by what seemed to be the ultimate lunch beer (meaning, go back to work with no buzz!). I was fully expecting Broadside Original to be the same beer in a bottle, but Iíve never been so mistaken. This beer is awesome! The sweet, caramely and toasty malts, the plentiful toffee, and natural molasses are rich and very delicious, and the hoppy bitterness adds much-appreciated balance. The flavor is reinforced by the sweet, caramely, malty and buttery nose, and the round, full-bodied mouthfeel. Based on the flavor and mouthfeel as well as the lot number, Iíll hazard a guess that this beer is over a year old, and if so, itís aged beautifully. Carbonation is light to moderate, but there is still a nice zing on the palate. Moderate bite in the finish keeps the palate alive and interesting too. Supposedly pasteurized, there is a fair amount of muddy sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The clear, deep, ruby-colored body, the sizeable, creamy, beige head, and the partial curtain of lace complete what is one all-around terrific beer.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 03/06/2006. 500ml bottle, discounted, from Rumbleís in Wellington. Ruby with golden tints in the light. Light-tan head is airy but takes quite sometime to diminish. Leaves a thick creamy lace. Plums, port and toasty malt dominate the nose, with a hint of caramel in the background. Medium sweetness, verg big grassy bitterness through the middle. Strong toasty malt and more of the big bitterness, this time with wood notes, finish it off. Bitterness and esters linger forever. Good medium weight with just a touch of prickly carbonation that Iíd prefer not to have. Lovely drop - bottle-conditioned it could be a stunner.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby colour, off-white head, bubbly, and fades given time. Aroma of very strong malts, and syrupy. Alcohol, maybe some chocolate. Tastes strong, bitter. Aftertaste of strong liquorice. Very thin pallate, watery in the mouth. Leaves a syrupy coating in the mouth.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Struck by a strong aroma of syrup and malt. Deep reddish brown appearance with a decent enough head. Quite smooth to drink, thick syrup flavour that reminded me of liquorice. Overall a tasty ale with a bitter finish. Felt like a winter ale to me.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Johnís Market drunk during a round of golf at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson WA. Very dark and malty. Dark flavours went well on a slightly cool afternoon under the sun.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown color with a light brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel and molassas and some dark fruit and moss. Strong fruit flavor with some light molassas.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark cherry colored body, with a small off-white head. Good caramel and malts in the aroma, very smooth. Nice body, sharp malts and hops combine with some dark fruit accents (cherry, currant). Nice dry ending.
Lowe1983 (1461) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, molasses, and some sweet malts. Flavor is the same stronger on the dried fruit and molasses flavor. Wasnít sure what I was going to think of this one but was surprised, not a bad brew at all.