PorterPounder (6520) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big, thick sticky white head on top of a bright orange pour. Not picking up much in the aroma, a little bit of toffee sweetness perhaps. Very smooth bitter flavor with a creamy mouthfeel,good balance of hops and malt - with neither stealing the show. Slight nutty taste, if I had to sum it up. Tastes stronger than 4.4 ABV. Would be good for session purposes. Decent Bitter.
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Huge head with a very clear, light amber color. Thin mouthfeel. Smells like oak and some mushrooms. Taste is full of malt and dirt. The taste also has minerals. My third substandard brew from Black Sheep.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloduy orange with a medium off white head. Big carbonation. Aroma of malt and some fruit. Malty, fruity taste. A little grape. Finishes bitter. A nice beer.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is mainly yeasty, wasn’t overly fond of it. Taste is earthy, a little bitter and a little bit metallic.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottle. Copper colour w. nice head and lace. Fruity aroma. Not much flavour; little fruity (apples), light sourness, pleasent palate, bitter and watery finish. Cask, cockney pub: lacks flavor, thin. (5,3,5,3,10)
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured well, nice copper color, with large white head. Strong smell and taste of hops, slight bitterish aftertaste. Not bad, but not great.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit of alright. Nice copper ale that smells of hops with a dry bitter taste. A good ale, but not particularly memorable.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Bottled. A grassy smell to the mid brown beer which has a long lasting white head. The taste is very bitter with slightly lemony undertones. Not a special ale!Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 2.5, 3.0, 3.1 and 2.5. Average becomes 2.8.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Beautiful copper color with a thick frothy head. Fairly well balanced, with a little bit of bite, and a lingering bitterness. Impossible to pour without a head. In fact, drink half, put the beer glass in the fridge and go out for dinner, when you come back it’s still got a head on it! Enjoyable brew. Considering it’s only 4.4% that makes it almost a light beer, that alone gives it bonus points when you compare it to typical light beers. One of my favorites due to availability.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Toffee, caramel notes immediately upon pouring. Low level of hop aroma with a little bit of biscuity malt. Some trace sulphur notes.
Appearance: Excellent clarity, darker gold color. Decent head retention, good-looking pint.
Flavor: Flavor same as aroma, very minerally. Nothing special, pretty straightforward, but pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Bitterness is pleasant but assertive. Mineraliness leaves a coating on the mouth, somewhat acidic. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation, a little high for style.
Overall: Very drinkable, nice session ale, but don’t expect too much.