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.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great presentation with rich creamy head over a copper body. It just lacks something though. Nice balance and good malty taste but it isn't a great beer.
Stew41 (1857) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005. I was very looking forward to this, but my expectations were unfortunately not met. Poured red-brown with no head. Aroma of pineapple, caramel, toffee and a bit of molasses. Flavor seemed to have a lot of peat and toasted rye bread, mildly sweet chocolate malt. Decent, but nothing spectacular.
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a brown color with red edges and a very nice head. Lacing was solid. Aroma was of roasted malts, some peat smoke, and coffee. Flavor was similar with some licorice mixed in. Very astringent and finished somewhat bitter and dry, although not that hoppy. Not my personal liking of a beer and I’d take many an "English Strong Ale" over it.
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle, 5.7% a/v
Pours a deep mahogony with a thick tan head. Aromas consist of hops, fruit (bananas?) and yeast. The flavour is roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a slight hint of red wine. The finish is clean and dry and the mouthfeel is generous without being overpowering. Nice winter ale.
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.
Garrat (1322) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 From a Bottle 500ml.Black and blood in colour,good head,lot’s of malt,some coffee,christmas fruits,quite sweet.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Copper brown colour with a frothy and rocky off-white head. Toffee, light chocolate, and metallic aroma. Caramel, lightly acidic flavours with a fruity and metallic bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, finishing dry and lightly astringent.
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red, almost black with a frothy head, lots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, notes of coffee and yeast. Flavours are coffee, malt and metal - remember when you were a kid and stuck your tongue on the monkey bars? Well this is what it reminded me of......