muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 (1462) - 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 (10118) - 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 (1131) - 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 (3562) - 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.