Strong English Ales generally are noted for richness of malt character, alcohol strength which imparts warmth, and a pleasant estery profile. They normally are released only after sufficient aging and maturation. Thus, they tend to be extremely self-assured beers; ones that care little for the opinions or sensitivities of others. In other words, they are the beer version of that old biddy obatarian you sometimes encounter in the supermarket checkout line here in Japan. We promise, though, that your encounter with Obatarian Strong English Ale will prove more satisfying than your experience with the human version at the supermarket.
KyotoLefty (6188) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Nakameguro.
Big, malty aroma; grainy, bready. Pretty dark amber color with a lacy, thin, head. Flavors of malt, chocolate, caramel, with nice fruit and a tart side. Nice balance; very rich.
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