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 (1434) - 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 (5174) - 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 (4061) - 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.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a serious yellow-brown head that stays, leaving thick sheets of lace. High carbonation. Amber/ruby color, strong malty nose. Medium bodied. Rich malty flavor with some hops in the background. The brewer describes this as "A heart-warming English beer" which is exactly what he has brewed. Bought in York, England.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 A nice mahogany color with an initially frothy tan head, this smells floraly hoppy with fruits and a dash of sweet malt. It has a sweet, nutty malt flavor with a cherry-like fruitiness. Very smooth to drink with a slightly sour finish. Very good.
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