Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sherry and molasses in the aroma. Nice two-finger, tan head. Deep reddish-brown color. Tastes of molasses with carmel and a hint of licorice. Very rich body and a notably bitter finish. Enjoyable complexity, very nice.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark color, creamy head. Sweet aroma. Flavor was a little sweet and chocolatey, also creamy. Smooth finish as well. I thought it was ok.
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
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. dark dark rugby colored, white head laced very well. Semi sweet roasted malt with a nice hop balance. A really nice example of an English style ale.
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle -- Pours a light brown with no visibile carbonation and a huge frothy beige head with some retention and heaps of lacing. Quite a subtle aroma of roasted malt with a little bit of, perhaps, banana and fruit. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Flavour is a treat, with lots of roasted malt, stewed fruit and some bitterness near the end. A nicely balanced drop.
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).
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown coloured, with a creamy head. Earthy, hoppy aroma. A hint of fruitiness. Coffee flavours, with some fruit. Perhaps pears? Nice bitter finish.
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.
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1pt 9oz bottle bought at Bayville Package Store, Selbyville, DE...pours reddish-brown in color with a sudsy light beige head...sweet smell of malt, dark fruits...taste was sharp, bittersweet, yet semi-dry with a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste...medium mouthfeel...this is a really good ale, too bad I only bought one...reminds me of a lighter Old Foghorn that I also have in my fridge.
WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1pt Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a thick.. thick head. Scent is malty. Big aftertaste that just makes you want to have another drink.