BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle at The Avery Experience. Caramel mahagony hues with a medium frothy tan head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas with light roasted grains evident and a fruit hop nose. Caramel malt and acidic alcohol flavor with a fruit hop finish, and some vanilla faintly detectable. Medium bodied and warm spicy palate.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer mega-macadoscious rocks!!!
The aroma is of rich malt, dark fruits and chocolate.
A crystal clear, deep mohogany color. Handsome.
God, I'm a geek. I just called a beer handsome... and it's not the first time.
The flavor is to die for. Malty and slightly sweet up front. Well-balanced with a whisper of tartness and bitterness on the backside.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, slightly acidic, mostly dry finish. Incredible beer! English Strong Ale? Ehhh!!! I'm not the categorizing expert that those who run the site and brew the beer are, but this brew reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel. Whatever. Drink one.
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 OK, I may have had a few beers at EBF2008, but by 11pm I actually quite enjoyed this, so notched it up a few points.
Rerate of (5-4-7-2-11=2.9)
355ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
Sweet and beerlike. Malty with vegetable tinge. Sticky malt/hop combo, not very sophisticated.
Rerate of (5-4-7-2-11=2.9):
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki , American Week 2007).
Looks great, dark creamy head on dark red body. Smells sweet and sticky, some dried fruits maybe. I was unprepared for the taste - it’s huge. Very unsophisticated, and unbalanced. Even the unsubtle explosion of malt and hop tastes fails to cover the strong alcohol taste. Yet another US charicature of a UK style not done very well. Didn’t leave any though, so not that bad.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another gift from the bartender at Barcade… I love this place. Dark amber beer with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a bit salty and herbal with intense oaky character throughout. Herbal dill-like character that reminds me of the barrel-aged Leviathan. Flavour shows saltiness and sweet caramelly malt. Strong alcoholic flavour and a bit of tartness on the back. A bit of vanilla and caramel along with some herbal hoppiness. Strong and sweet but not terribly malty. Not really a fan.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber/brownish color. Smallish white head. Nice full malt bill on the nose with some spices, fruit and toffee. Flavor is very nice. Full flavor with some fruit, rich malts and some nice background hops that get you in the end. This is well done indeed.
Sammy (7718) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Georgious dark and auburn colours, lasting head. Moderate spicey aroma. Intense taste, well carbonated. Well to drink with spicey food. Good malts throughout to balance out the flavour, and noticeable hops. Dry finish. Citrus and cherry and vegetable aftertaste.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Boulder. Dark red/orange appearance with a light head. Sweet alcoholic aroma. Pretty intense English Strong Ale flavor at first. Somewhat malty body that’s slick in mouthfeel like an Old Ale or a Barleywine. Definitely alcoholic flavor.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark chestnut with red shine. Slight, light-brown head. Nose of grapes, raisins, vineous and hops. With warming up, there follows a smell of kaffirlime (peel, as in Thai cuisine). Taste are grapes, tobacco, some bitter chocolate,and lots of hops, but well balanced with dark malts. Very chewy mouthfeel. Retronasal gives nice tobacco-and-hops, long, but after a quite long time, a new impression of sweet chocolate emerges. What impresses me most in this beer is its very succeeded balance.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 2003 - Dark red with a thick coated head. Smells is a very fresh and robust cherry and wood and alcohol. Creamy and thick with a milk-like texture and some nice dark cherry and charred wood flavors. Really an excellent winter beer with some bourbon flavors coming through towards the end.