nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma with hints of banana. Copper hue with a decent white foamy head. Malty initial taste with very pleasant herbal hoppy after taste, smashing.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet malty nose, amber hue, moderate head, sweet malty taste, hints of raisins
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Nice raisin fruit, but the bargain basement syrupy malt body is off putting. An OK bitter, but lacks life in the bottle. Good hop finish. Some good points and some bad points. Fairly average.
Another thought: The traditional Yorkshire yeast is a lazy bugger, leaving lots of syrup in the brew. The Yorkshire Squares system of reactivating the yeast is designed to reduce the syrup quality but keep a firm mouthfeel and body. Sam Smith do it with ease, but Paul Theakston seems yet to have mastered the technique.
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely malty ale with a typical English beer head. Palatable and flavoursome.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with the lemony hop aroma, like mutant says, has a resiny, citrusy bittersweet flavour,malty, quite bitter and almost quite acidic finish aswell, actually quite complex and interesting, and even though i had it from the bottle, i reckon it almost had a kind of cask character to it.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lemony hop aroma & looks great, just a bit too roasty for me. Some nice citrus in the finish, which is less burnt than the initial taste.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive fluffy, foamy pour even from bottle. Aroma is a lightly toasted malt with hints of hops and smooth caramel. Light to medium bodied palate is smooth with a biscuity caramel malt. Some comparisons of butter smoothness to its more famous relative. A little toasty dryness balances well as does the mild hop bitterness in the finish. Rounds out satisfyingly smooth with a good complexity of subtley lingering flavors. A close friend told me that one of his friends designed the label for this one. I’d already mentioned that I thought it was tacky before I found out.
pilsnerrogge (2467) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber coloured, somewhat hazy. Light toffee-flavour. Chewy bitterness.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light golden/brown colour, with a fair amount of initial carbonation which dies quickly. A decent fruity smell which didn’t warn me about the forthcoming taste. Very flavoursome, dispite its lesser smell/look. Complex indeed, with fruit, malt, and bitterness which leaves a slightly dry palate. Very interesting and enjoyable. Saying that though - i do enjoy most beers!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Sheep never lets me down. Dig the label art with squared cow. deep apricot/bronze colour, topped by a big lumpy head that leaves nice lacework as you go. spicy, floral, caramel nose. didn’t get a lot of fruit in this like omhper, i got more fresh green veges, not unlike their holy grAle. Big herbal, spicy hop flavour dominates, but there’s enough white chocolateish sweet barley to soften things out, as well as an earthy bitterness and a bit of nuttiness. Light textured and very easy to drink. Mine was 3 months past the ’best by’ date: I reckon this would be pretty damn good fresh after a bracing stroll along the moors.