Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color with light creamy head. Chocolate aroma, smooth mouthfeel, ends dry and sweet.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty toffeeish nose. Dark brown hue with decent light brown head. Malty toffee and treacle flavours. Full bodied dry, hoppy finish. A beer of considerable quality. A classic strong English ale.
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black, thin head. Smells like berries, and ha an appealing earthyness. Roasted coffee in the finish.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woo Hoo! I'm Back! My brother just came back from visiting with his fiance's family in the British Isles and reloaded my sadly depleted cellar. This is one dark gem igniting the cobwebs. It's a beautiful journay of sweet to bitter, with strong molasses and toffee malt action leading a chrage into tealike herbality. Something like walnut shells stain the color and flvaor, too, not unpleanantly so. It's nice to be back in business.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is more like it! I had just been bummed by a Wychwood Hobgoblin, and didn't expect much more from this; pleasantly mistaken I was. Dark cherrywood/brown complexion to this beauty, with a huge thick lasting head. Nose is malty and powerfully scented with peaches in syrup and cinnamon, really just amazing if rather simple. Overpowering, even. Flavor just as good, sweet, complex, earthy, toffee, licorice; lots going on here. Finish is smooth and beautifully balanced between sweetness and dryness, with just a hint of hoppiness all the way through. Excellent example of the type; I just wish I didn't have to wade through all the mediocrities in these $3-5/bottle English beers to get to the occasional beauties.
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Rich amber brown in color. Nice small head. Full heady aroma filled with malt and alcohol. Clean malty taste finishes with a tad of toasted malt goodness. good mouthfeel.
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale is sparkling clear with a deep copper hue and a slight orange tint. Large, rocky, khaki head. Mostly, but not fully diminishing. Great, full and creamy lacework.
Very malty nose with notes of homemade soap, butter, milk chocolate, cherries and cinnamon.
The flavor is moderately malty up front with notes of cocoa and citrus. Very well balanced with a moderately bitter and lightly pungent hop addition on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter and astringent finish with freshly cut buegrass and wet straw at the earthy end.
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great new (to Maryland) English brew. This ale rocks! Although I'm not sure why you want to have a sheep on its back.... Boystout is right, this does pour and act like a stout at first. More dark mahogany in color than black.Slight chocolate nose and taste...hazelnut? Slight hop kick where you'd expect it, then a nice crisp clean finish. Great ale!
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, stout-like strong ale with harsh, pagan bitterness. One of my favorite beer names.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 For krisbierjaeger who has obviously missed the point entirely: The name; Sheep on back as in, an 'entity' falling over drunk, unable to get up again because of being pissed.... get it..?
Anyhow, this is a quality ale. On opening the bottle the first whiff you get is chocolate. Slightly burnt, but syrupy and creamy. Clean palette that leaves that smokey tang. Done it again and again. Can't get enoght. Tonight she was all mine, wool an all