ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Rather than describe in detail, I'll say it's quite caramely and smokey. Catch it before it turns porky.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with a light note of plum, hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy and velvety texture, lively carbonation. Outstanding mouthfeel and a pleasant flavor balance make this enjoyable to drink, but the aroma is pretty light and uninteresting.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany in color with a tiny white head. Smells like alcohol, malt and caramel. Taste like caramel and toasted malts. Gets a nutty flavor the more it warms.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep brown with a haze of auburn running through when held up to the light. An off white head that is now diminished and just clinging around the edges of the glass. A rich malt aroma that hints at sweet chocolate and caramel. A medium body that fills the mouth nicely. A touch astringent. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. A toasty, malty flavor with some caramel. A bit bitter and dry in the finish. A touch metallic in the aftertast that is not real bad. The sweetness emerges, of course, as it warms with some nuttiness.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a masterpiece!!! The best beer from UK! It is candy. Nice malty and caramelly. Licorice is very dominating. It is roasted and extemely complex! When you get through the bottle you imidiately want more! This is perhaps the best evidence that a beer is great, and this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is divine!!
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
snuck a bottle of this into the pub the other night. quite soft and sweet with some butterscotch and rye and pencil shavings
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark amber--almost black. Roasted, coffeish aroma and taste. Sweet dry finish. Alittle raisiny. Not a bad ale, but I didn't fall in love with it.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Pours dark dark amber/red, looks brown until you put it to a light. Medium foamy beige-brown head, short lasted though. Sweet malty aroma with hints of coffee/roasted grains in it. Nice malty flavour with a bitter aftertaste, hint of chocolate and roasted grains in there. Mouthfeel was smooth, could of been a bit more full though. Not worth the price IMO.
Hansen (5982) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A strange impression. Some lactic-acid in the aroma incl. a little spice. The taste is different: smoked and rich. I don't know if I like it.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has that characterisitc sweet taste but not cloyingly so. The alcohol was well masked and the feel was full bodied. An excellant scotish ale