wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Colour is a deep amber / copper with white thin head. Scent is sour and malty with hint of caramel sweetness. Taste is sweet with a subdued malty background and not very bitter finish. Very smooth finish with little bitter aftertaste.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, average density of tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (dough, horseblanket), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Poor flavor balance (lack of malt). Looks terrific though.
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, slightly smoky aroma with caramel. Small frothy head. Firm hopbitter coffee and caramel flavor with just a bit of licorice. Fairly long caramal and bitter finish. Tasty bitter ale, full bodied in spite of its modest alcohol content.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A muddy deep amber color on the pour, head is modest and frothy, light tan in color, as it erodes a fine sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. Fresh malt and lightly sweet is the nose, start is lightly sweet, thickly malt, the top is middling in feel. Finish is a tad tart, mildly acidic, the hops pleasing in their spicy bitterness, quite dry and a drinkable beer, well worth a try if your into English Ales.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this at the Classic City Brewfest in Athens this year. I was less than impressed by this. I've had some other bitters before, but this had perhaps the highest diacetyl level I've had in a beer and I'm not really all that perceptive to the flavor. Just a so-so bitter.
skortila (4302) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hoppy aroma. Copper/amber coloured. Good head, not lasting. Hoppy taste, roasted malts. Bitter. Bitter/apple palate.
jonas (5439) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit joghurty nose, otherwise nice aroma hops.
Golden amber, blanket head.
Followed through by a broad hop taste - good show.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bland of copper and gold body. Big head with huge bubbles. Malty aroma, yeast, a small shade of cheese, raw grains. Roasted malt flavor with a tip of acidity. Pleasant dryness in the finish. It would be nice to taste the cask version of this beer.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful amber gold with huge firm tan head. Light and simple but very well balanced, floral hops, malt, and a bitter finish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite special when drunk on cask in its home county, Yorkshire. Drinks more like a mild then a bitter for me. Roasted malts with a slightly held back sweetness, perhaps toffee. Just decent hop, I wouldn't say hoppy.