mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear brown with a big off white head. this beer has a chocolately aroma more characteristic of stouts than english ales. some nice nutty, mocha malt flavours with an earthy hop finish. very nice.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red / amber color, beautiful head and lace. Very nice aroma: malt, caramel, roasted malt, coffee. Rich mouth feeling, strong caramalt; it turns quickly in a very bitter ale, prelude to a long and strong final. Bitterness is the most evident character, followed by caramel and finally by some hop aroma; would be better if more balanced (less bitter, more hop-aromatic).
legion242 (2172) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color; White head with good lasting power. Good. Smooth. Malty, almost choco-coffee. Full flavored for sure. Very satisfying. Baby, baby, I hear a symphony...
SilkTork (5191) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Oct, 2002 Brewed by Paul Theakston, the black sheep of the Theakston brewing family, in the old Lightfoot’s brewery that the Theakston family had bought up and closed down many years earlier. Black Sheep beers are bold and uncompromising.
This is a good dark brew. It has some of the dark twisted rooty taste of a stout, but with the sour fruit tang of a porter. A good old fashioned English ale. There is an interesting hop bitterness dancing around on an ever elusive malt body. There are chopped mixed nuts - some hazlenuts, some walnuts, some pecan - and assorted fruits - banana, fresh apple, grapes. There is toffee, caramel, licorice, some herbs and spices. There is enough going on to keep up interest to the end. And all this in a surprisingly refreshing body. The strength can quickly catch up with you - no wonder that damn sheep is rolling around cheerfully drunk! [3.4]
April, 2003 Compared with Bombardier. Dark hazelnut colour. Broken, thin, clinging nicotine cream head. Sweat yeast aroma - wet leather with a hint of cabbage and some creamy toffee. Quite complex and yielding. Stout like, roasty malt - burnt fruit cake. Fairly consistent, though occasionally a vanilla tone comes through. A dark, almost devilish beer - leaning in the roasty direction of a stout. The strong dark flavours stand up well to the pasteurisation process.[3.5]
Dec, 2006 Blind tasting with Old Peculier, Strong Sufolk and ESB. 2nd place. Dark amber colour. Frothy carbonation - some long lasting cappuccino foam. Aroma is fridge ice, vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, rubbery plastic, raspberry jam and nappies. Noticeable bitterness - lingering after the finish. Roasted barley and English hops. Burnt chocolate. The bitterness makes this stand out. A tasty, strong English ale. [3.2]
April, 2009 Strong, dark beers stand up well to being poorly processed. This is a damn good drink. Lots of flavour, pleasantly presented. I’m accep
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Harsh burnt front end. Thins out quite a bit on the backside.somewhat bitter finish.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Hmm, now lets an old sailor see. Well the aroma got me mouth a waterin, but ahoy me maties, I done lost that fruit and all kind a rosewoodish shit in that doggone well bitternessish of that there flamin broth liquor. Gots a ungood after-y-taste-y-ness too me own cobblers. Buts alls thats fair in piratin and women is alls thats fair in this here stew. Me loves a good Yorkshire-lass truly, and this be her brew.
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Previous to trying this beer, I had always wondered what was meant by the word "barnyardy" when used in a beer review. Well, the aroma of this beer explained it to me, as I was hit with the distinctive smell of manure mixed with earthy malt. But the smell wasn’t off-putting at all, and it gave way to a rich, complex, roasty & nutty flavour. Nice one!
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice short-lived rocky head. Rich reddish-brown color. Fragrant flowery hops and nice malty aroma. Well flavored with chocolate, raisin and sherry notes. Distinctly bitter finish. Another fine British ale - brewed by one of the original Theakston family (Old Peculier).
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong malty smokey nose, pours a big head, deep amber colour. Complex flavours, coffee, chocolate,toasted malt and hints of molasses, quite satisfying. A nice bitter finish of medium lenght, this is good, hats off.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark bourbon clear colour under a large size, fine bubbled mid-beige lasting head. Sweetish caramel malt ’n smokey oak aroma. Medium smooth body carrying a serious tangy, ’in your face’ bitter start. Lighter caramel sweet malt and nutty flavours with some recurring smokey woody character. Strongish bitter finish and aftertaste. Very pleasant drinking. Nice.