apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks really nice - with a frothy head on a dark amber body. Smells strongly of caramel malts, not so much fresh coffee. A sweet odor to be sure, with hints of vanilla. Not very hoppy or bitter at all - just yeasty and a little bit of a sour finish. The flavor has mostly malts, with a sweet nuttiness, like a nut brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not as robust as I like my ESA's to be.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer looks outstanding - excellent, off-white head that lasts for quite a while, leaving a persistant lacing - perfect amber/brown color - the aroma is a bit disappointing, with little more than a slight roastiness, perhaps some yeast - the flavor is a bit thin for the style, actually, a bit thin in general, but still quite enjoyable - slight woodiness, with some roasted malt flavors - some hop bitterness - the finish tries to make up for the thin flavor with some hints of coffee and a lingering hoppiness that is pretty tasty, but it can't quite round out this beer well enough - not recommended if you're a big fan of the style - this is an "easy drinking" English Strong.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ale with a pleasing tan head, which lasts long, leaving acollar of foam on the rim. Malty, spicy aroma, with hints of the strength to follow. Flavor is strong malt, with some woody character. Fades to a bitter, hoppy finish, but with plenty of malt throughout.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer looks absolutely marvelous in my imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear chestnut with a frothy head on top. The nose is spicy and yeasty. The palate is a little thin for the beers weight; my guess is some brewers sugar is used to lighten the body. Also, on the palate, I taste iron and woody hops of restrained bitterness. The beer is on the dry side, which I find appealing. The finish is short and forgettable. I find this beer to be pleasant, but it’s not something to write home about.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured out a good solid head that left a good lacing,Red brown colour, malt in the aroma (butterscotch?), mild bitter taste of coffee and licorice.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red-brown w. large beige head. Malty, nutty, roasted, bitter. Sharp edges, medium body.
Aurelius (4961) - 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 (3764) - 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.