Holdwine (1114) - 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
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great packaging, tho the name "riggwelter", which means something like a lame, retarded or palsied sheep, probably wouldn't occur to me as a great name for a good beer. it's a ruddy chestnut color, like a drake cinnamon teal; a pug colored head is dwarfish but gets protective and swells when the beer is aggitated. a big aroma of raw leathery malts and shoe polish, pumpkin-vanilla-caramels, wheat bread and alcohol. whispering carbonation veils none of the choice bitters, as butterscotch coffee aspects, fortified with a hickory-lemon tart and tinny twang routs a mousy sweetness. medium bodied, dry. like a great lakes burning river with a british accent. there's nothing lame about this old goat, tho it's too pricey to qualify as a great session ale.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Musty floral nose. Thin off white head. Deep brownish/ruby hue. Malts are very assertive here. Caramel, biscuits, earthy-mustiness. Medium bodied, alcohol is slightly evident through a pleasant, bitter, floral, dry finish. Well balanced and highly quaffable.
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown,thick lasting beige head.Slightly stale beery dry malt nose.Carmel and malt taste with coffee overtones. Lingering hop end. Great Belgian lace
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bummer. Nice bottle, nice label. Why do UK micros so often disappoint? Taste of alcohol. Quite bitter and harsh.
SteveAGreen (10) - Wickwar, Wotton under edge, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fruity bitter, complex underlying tastes. Long dry bitter finish.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beer! Pleasant balance of hops & malts. Mild fruitiness.
Brisbane (24) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fine, beige head. This is an ebony, black coffee to amber colored ale. Syrupy
aroma which reminds
me of brittle choclate & coffee cookies I had a while back. A snarling and barky ale, yet all smooth drinking with the proper glass. Avoid the nonick pint-glass and go for a
snifter with a fat gut. Drinking with a snifter has, for me, taken away any tart aftertaste.
an empty stomach while cooking and feel the blunt, pounding blow that gives right to the
Not the Laphroaig of ales, but a good Friday-beer. A drink for decadents, swine and warriors.
Eat with chocolate or the organs of still-warm game!