Melkart (297) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer. It’s balanced and with medium body. You can taste a little bitter, but the fruit sensation takes place at the end.
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Right on the borderline of being too hoppy, but otherwise a nice beer. It says it’s an English Strong ale, but I thought it was more like an ESB.
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance - Caramel orange colour, cloudy due to bottle conditioning, light carbonation and very little head retention. Sediment is relatively dark in colour.
Smell - Oranges, Dried Apple, Very mild Christmas spice, and malty background. Reminiscent of Grand Mariner
Taste - Well balanced, fruity with sweet malt and some tang. Hints of apple, apricot, banana and raisin. Dry, mild bitterness with some tart fruity malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity for the style.
Mouthfeel - Smooth very slightly syrup with a light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability - Nice beer, would definitely have another. Quite heavy and fruity so not a session beer. Might suit a cider drinker better. Also quite potent in terms of alcohol.
ineedbeer (750) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is full of malt with lots of caramel, biscuit and toasted bread. There is also a hint of toffee and dried fruit esters, mostly raisin and prune. The beer is showing oxidation though with notes of sherry and a bit of cardboard. As expected no hop aroma and alcohol isn't very noticeable.
Pours a murky dark amber with some light brown highlights. A thin white head quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and only small legs.
Flavor is sweet upfront with quite a bit of caramel and toffee. There is also some burnt bread and biscuit mid palate. Mid palate there is also quite a bit of fruit eaters with raisin, prune and plum being most prevalent. A light, mellow bitterness in the finish with more sweet caramel and hints of alcohol. No hop flavor and only light oxidation in the finish. The finish has a lingering burnt toast characteristic. there is a bit of acidity to the flavor - low and clean but present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Astringency is low and the alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer has held up surprisingly well, but really isn't great. I wonder how the beer is at about a year as my guess is the base beer isn't great. I think I would prefer to see this as a slightly bigger beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
madmitch76 (15120) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
27th May 2012
2007 Vintage! Clear deep amber beer. Short lived bubbly white head. Light palate, crispy and semi dry. Caramel malt, light oxidisation I think. Creamy and dry. Faint orange hops. Dry finish. A bit tired possibly. A 2009 bottle provided a bi more zing and less oxidisation.
TourDeBeer (116) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle : 2012
Aroma: bread, yeast,
Appearance: amber, hazy, tan foam,
taste: medium bitterness, medium sweetness,
finish :dry, bitter,
final notes, buy two anyone reading this and put one away. Would be alot better in two years
mathieuc (1343) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage. Aroma of brown sugar and sucre d’orge. Thin head that receeds in nothingness. Flavors of brewing sugar and no hops. Small hint of oxidation but nothing distracting. Pretty tame for an ESA, it needs more oomph! I won’t seek this out again with some age but I might just give it another go if I ever find it fresh somewhere.
Suttree (5148) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Vintage, so it’s been taking up space in my fridge for, like 4 years, at least. So here we go. Smells like molasses and brown sugar. Taste is leathery sweet and very heavy. I get some dark fruit, some molasses, lots of booze, especially in the finish.
Martinus (2852) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber clour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, red fruits, roasted malts, very fruity. Bitter hoppy flavour, light sweet, roasted malts, liquorice. Finish liquorice, roasted malts and hops.
(From 355mL bottle @ home)
willbrenton (7) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and hoppy but poor mouth feel. Pretty good for an Aussie beer. $5 from Re Store.