hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. When poured, this beer formed a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was carbonated and transparent with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty with some caramel and fruitiness. The flavor was lightly bitter, smokey and burnt tasting. The mouthfeel was mostly smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average lacing.
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of very foamy fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind an excellent clinging vine like lace. The body was transparent softly carbonated and brown in color. The aroma was malty and contained caramel notes. The mouth feel was initially smooth malty and thin then it finished with a lingering mild brown beer aftertaste sweet malty and mildly hopped. The flavor was that of a mild caramel brown beer. All-in-all a nice session brew that left me with a nice frothy mustache! Good!
sjoschko (3) - Montgomery, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn't notice the smell as I did the color, a beautiful dark brown, with a tinge of red. I drank it from an english pint glass and enjoyed the thick head, though it did dissipate a little too quickly. Perhaps it was my glass, I don't know. I was happy with the taste, a good mix of sweet and bitter. There is a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Besides, any beer named after a term for a sheep stuck on its back can't be that bad, right? Overall, a good beer, enjoyable.
ClarkVV (4646) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As they describe, it's a deep chestnut brown, though it has a big red tinge to it. Mostly clear with a large medium-sized, creamy eggshell colored head. Smells of wet grass, light watery coffee beans, some milk and maybe a hint of ripe red fruits. Begins with a slightly creamy, slightly fluffy mouthfeel, gaining malt flavor as the medium body sets in. Light fruit flavors of cherries and light milk chocolate make themselves known. Finish gains some bitterness, and a touch of lemon merengue even. Some brown sugar and a hint of roast are present on the very end and aftertaste. Lightly astringent with a touch of thinning, but very clean and just sweet enough to be balanced. The longer it warms, and the slower I drink it, as usual per the style, the more I get out of it. Very good, not as much depth of malt or exciting hops/fruit flavors as Fuller's Vintage ales, but then, it does not seem to be trying to be a beer of that magnitude. The low alcohol is wonderful as well.
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and pours with a big head, lacing. Burnt and alcoholic aroma. Flavor is bitter and burnt. A little thin.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color. Aroma is malty with a definite smoke and bourbon (?) overtone. A light to medium bodied English ale. Malts are nutty, earthy and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There are strong vegetative and smoky qualities to this beer; making it somewhat earthy. Nicely balanced. Nice soft carbonation. Slightly astringent at the finish. Also there is a touch of bourbon-like smoke and sweetness at the finish, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of vegetative earthiness.
jaymobrown (1783) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown. Godd sized chunky head. Full crisp malt, caramel, and slight hops. Moderate bitterness in the flavor with a nutty malt undertone.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown hue with small tan head and very good lace. The aromas hint of roasted sweet malts, caramel, toffee, sour milk and apples, hazelnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts nutty and lactic, the mocha sweetness is found underneath. Some bitter appears towards to end with a touch of smoke and very light spice. The mouthfeel has a chalky dryness, astringent and lively.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and malty nose is an accurate predictor for the initial flavor of this English strong ale which somewhat resembles a very light porter; Moderately nutty initially with a dark roasted flavor and a strong smokiness developing in the finish; The finish is also on the dry side; Moderate bitterness remains consistent throughout; Mahogany in color; Tan head has large bubbles and the pockmarked nature resembles oatmeal on top; Solid head retention with some lacing
guzzler67 (1599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with a generous head that left good lacing. Moderately malty aroma with some spice in the nose. Bit of coffee in the well carbonated taste. Medium-bodied, with a spicy finish.