tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle: pours a dark rich mahogany color with a small off white head. veryy nice aroma. carmel, chocolate, spice, raisin. sweet. the flavor is very full and rich. caramel chocolate. notes of rasin. some nice roastyness. sweet.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat weak copper-like alcohol aroma...smells like a strong beer. A very beautiful dark redish brown color. Roasty sweet flavor...with very little fruit taste just a nicely spiced ale.
Very robust in its style.
A nice drinkable beer.
motelpogo (7605) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled. certainly quite christmassy, aroma of raisin and a fair whiff of alcohol which was a little brandyish. quite sticky, decent roasted bitterness, a bit too sweet and with a little slighty rotten tang in the finish but still warming and pleasant
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma is very dark and malty but pretty nondeScript. The flavor is super-malty, and unfortunately the first sip is the best; its’ a refreshing surprise after a summer of light, hoppy beers; tons of dark malt, some chocolate and dark fruitiness; slight alcohol exhale. Nice a thick. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 This beer was dark brown with a rather large head. The flavor is rather sweet with some chocolate, raisins, and caramel detectable. A very big malty brew. Good stuff.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good English Strong Ale. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes thick, creamy, and smooth.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown with a small tan head that faded leaving lots of lacing. Aroma was really huge and malty. Flavor had a lot of malt, with a hint of sour that reminded me of sour cherry. It was so nice, and I finished it by smoking a pipe w/ black cavendish and it not only stood up to it; it actaully blended very well.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is like liquid tobacco. No really I feel like I’m drinkind dip juice. Like someone spit their copenhagen in my glass and then added some yeast. This stuff smells like tobacco, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. It looks like filtered dip juice. It tastes like caramel, chocolate and vanilla. And I really like it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet aroma of caramel with a light spice. Good sized white head with fair lacing. Appearance was great dark, mahogany and clear. Very enticing. Flavor matched the aroma but just a little bit lighter. Sweet with some light spice. Smooth light to medium bodied.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous Mahogany hue is an apt deScription of the appearance. The aroma is heavily malty and has some spruce and some nuts - interesting. Strangely the rich toffee flavor was spoiled slightly with some sourness. Otherwise, she comes with the proper dose of bitterness. I like the choice of malts better than most english ales.