Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool label, bottle, and the name explanation struck me as a rather deft turn of phrase for a strong ale. Nice looking clear, black walnut brew, tall head with very fine bubbles which turn to seafoam. Aroma is very muted porter, whiffs of cocoa in the foam. Very quaffable, despite its ABV and darkness. Dry. Notes of coffee, sour fruit, artificial bacon bits (perhaps that's nitrites or smoke or both). Medium, lightly tart, nut and roast finish that didn't leave a lot of coffee char. An ale-yeasted schwarz.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well carbonated mahogany body with sparse island chain head. The insistent coffee grounds aroma surprised me for a beer of its appearance. Mocha notes seemed apparent as well. Robust roasted malt with a noticeable hop finish and satisfying burnt coffee aftertaste. A taste of gum appeared after awhile in this english strong ale meets coffee porter.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet tea aroma. deep tea colour with an almond head. lacing = yes. sour tea taste with some malt flavor. slight bitter finish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark red to copper body with a thick, everlasting beige head that goes rocky after some time. Thick lacing.
Malt and coffee in the aroma. Some fruit, smoke and alcohol in the nose. After warming to room temp, a brown sugar aroma becomes apparent.
Very fruity first impression of the taste. Sweet and malty. Alcohol very evident in the middle of the tongue. Bitterness of the hops comes out in the lingering aftertaste. Coffee is delicately inlayed into the aftertaste too. Layers and layers of malt that sum into complexity and depth. There's many flavors cruising around my tongue...
Very crisp and dry. Works nicely with the huge mouthfeel and body of this beer.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good Strong ale... roasted coffee finish is wonderful. A little mild for a Strong ale, but very tasty. A good intro beer to the style.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
the same color as many porters but flavored like a smokey brown ale. Had a nice dry finish.
Braudog (6069) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown beer with solid head. There's a high alcohol-brown sugar scent. The beer is very dry, woody, bitter and sharp. It leaves the same impression as an ice coffee. Pretty good strong ale.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 Looks great! Dark brown/red color with a big head. Aroma of dark burnt malt. Dry, bitter and roasty flavour. Some dark coffee, oak with hints toffee in background. Long bitter finish.
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good, solid yorkshire ale from Black Sheep. Dark, malty and flavoursome, if a good old-fashioned spit & sawdust drinking pub flavour, this is what it would taste like.
One to enjoy, as opposed to a quick thirst-quencher
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Outstanding beer. Kind of like a lightly smokey, oaky brown ale or German alt. Really complex. Medium, slightly watery body. Dry aftertaste lingers for a long time. Has enough flavors and body unlike a brown like Newcastle. Rerate 061805: Very nice toffee, tootsie roll aroma. Flavor is decent with the same characteristics as the aroma. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with roasted malt. Body is slightly watery. Changed score from 4.1 to 3.9