Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Various roasty aromas - coffee, chocolate and liquorice - with fruit and earthy hops. Well balanced tending towards the unexciting (rather than refined subtlety) perhaps as a result of pasteurisation.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish colour with a big beige head. Sweet malty aroma with some caramel and fruit notes. Light roasted malty flavor with some fruity sweetness.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep ruby color. Smells sweet and chocolatey. Taste is slightly salty almost... Decent malty sweet taste with some hints of fruit (definitely raisins) and undercut with a nice hoppy feel. A decent beer.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice chestnut red-brown, poured a massive foamy tan head which faded slowly to a skim and 2 fingers of lace. Aromas of butterscotch, apple, banana, brown sugar, raisins, citrus and coffee. Taste was fruity and sweet, with notes of butterscotch, treacle, raisins and dark roast malt. Big Golding hop bitterness -- lingers blythely on the tongue and quietly departs. Good mouthfeel -- starts heavy but leaves no pasty feel behind. Nice moderate carbonation and modestly high ABV gave good "have another" drinkability. I enjoyed this good strong example of an EBA.
ALLOVATE (2873) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mr. Paul Theakston surely pulled it all together for this absolute gem of a beer, and as far as pasteurised bottled Ales go, it was one of the most flavoursome and appetising. Pours a clear, deep cola brown, ruby-red in the lights, with a big dense beige head that lasted the distance and laced well down the glass. Generous and complex malt nose. Coffee, aniseed, dark chocolate, bittering hops and cherries, and a waft of peppered spice made the aroma. Follows well into the mouth, with it’s light carbonation and medium light, creamy mouth feel. Flavours of raspberries, cherries, cinnamon and light spices mingle with hints of cocoa powder, liquorice, grassy hops and fruity esters. Little sweetness in it, and quite malty bitter in the back, it finishes with a long lived, malt and coffee swallow. A lovely drop and a credit to this master brewer. Lovely!!!
scotty (1137) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Morrisons, dark red brown, good light brown head that lasts well. Aroma is rich and malty,almost treacley, fruity hops very much in the back ground. A big complex malty flavour without being overly sweet balanced with good robust hops...super beer,but not one for a session.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick creamy beige head. Burnt aroma with fruity notes. Flavour from chocolate and coffee. Sweet candylike taste, somewhat hoppy. Great bitter palate medium to full bodied.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An almoust black beer. Ofwhite head.
Has aroma from bread and some fruit. Has taste from burnt malt and coffee. Bitter in the end.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red color with a big tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and caramel. Flavor of malt, smoke, coffee and sour fruit. Seemed thin for the style.
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Aroma was lightly of roasted malt, a little dark fruit (I’m thinking figs) and a little banana. Appearance was a dark, almost opaque brown. The flavor was lightly roasted like the aroma, with a fair malt and hop balance. Nothing really prominent in the flavor, though, and tasted a little watery. The palate was likewise a little watery. Overall it was just an OK beer.