chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. there’s also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and I’m not entirely sure why, I didn’t find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, foamy off-white head. Aroma is malt and coffee. Flavor is dark and roasted, reminds me of a porter. Very nice. Thanks to Heemer for this one.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad brew. Deep red body with nice beige head. Complex nose of fruit, nuts, hops, yeast, candy. Good full body. Taste is a nice hoppy bitterness without being too sharp. Sweet and malty. Some fruit and nuts. Interesting.
Christian (12680) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber ale with little head. Has a weak aroma with burned malt and nuts and something metallic. Roast malt also dominates the flavour with a long dry aftertaste.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine ale. Dark brown in color with ruby-amber highlights with a thick, lasting white head. Rich, roasted malt aroma and flavor with sugared-coffee and caramel notes. Thin in body, but not unpleasantly so, it builds to a mildly hoppy and bittersweet finish. A very good looking beer, well balanced. Tasty.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown...White Frothy Head. Smoke...Malt...and Then Very Dry at End. Much More Decent Than Monty’s.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet malty smell. Mild malts and roastiness. Very UKish. Has the SAME aftertaste as the SS Nut Brown Ale. That grapeish sweetnes.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brilliant ruby-red color (though not "chestnut brown"). As far as aroma is concerned it’s sort of like a caffe mocha (though not of "fresh roasted coffee"). Very smoky flavor - surprising that the color is not more along the brown side. However, the smokiness of this particular brew is more like a can of dollar-store sardines in mustard sauce (including the tinniness of the container) and is not pleasant in the least. Cloying, metallic aftertaste. Being near the bottom of the ratings on this one I readily admit that I have a personal penchant against smoky beers - but nevertheless l hold this rating as-is based on this beer’s candidly perceived deficiencies as described above. It would have been even lower Overall but for the fact that Riggwelter packs a great alcohol kick at 5.7%.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a thin head. Smokey aroma. Very thin body. A bit of malt with some smoke that doesn’t remind you of a good smoked beer, but more like smoked hot dogs. Not inherently bad, but not wonderful. Definitely not a typical English Strong, but it’s enjoyable.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful deep chestnut colour. Very nice and quite complex English Strong Ale. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and bitter coffee ending in a classic long and dry bitter finish.