Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Batch No 4-Oct/2002
Pours a very cloudy burnt-orange with lots of sediment floating around. Decent head but no lacing.
Smells fruity-sweet; not quite estery, though.
Taste is, well, like a Coopers. There's something yeasty/acidic I find in most Coopers and it's definately present here. The more I drink of this the worse it gets. It's more of an aftertaste, really. Otherwise, this is malty with apricot hint and no hop presence at all.
Mouthfeel is watery with the serious aftertaste. Overall, this is going down the drain. I really wanted to like this beer, too.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
batch 4-Oct/2002: yelowy orange-brown. cloudy with chunks, and no head. looks like my dodgy homebrew lager. sweet alcohol smell. sweet to taste and a little bit of malt. has an aftertaste of roasted malt. a bit thin.
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Batch No 4-Oct/2002 - A small slightly frothy head, lovely deep orange colour - well presented. Smells malty and rich - an enticing ale. Starts slightly sweet, a dollop of malt not much bitterness/alcohol fairly well hidden but still clearly present, quite dry. Just a bit too strong for me. cheers
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Initial thoughts are good. Tasty and strong. But then the aftertaste kicked in. Very bitter.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch No. 3-Oct-2000: Pours a dark copper with a thick cream-colored head. Heavy dark fruit, butterscotch, complex caramel malty aroma. Sweet malty body has good balance and a dry hop-bitter finish. Good lightly syrupy texture. This vintage has aged very well. Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #4 October 2002: Pours cloudy brown with small white head. Candied malt nose with some fruit, hard to put a finger on. Possibly apples. Fruit and malt in the flavors, finishing with some hops. Some alcohol at then end as well. Pretty good english strong.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly haze aurburn color with lazy head. Aroma is mild but has present hops and dark fruit from the malt. Flavor is lightly sweet with an aftertaste of alcohl. This wasn't too bad, I might want to try it again.
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 02 vintage, Not much of a head ,caramel malt aromas and also apples. Flavour is well balanced between the malt and hops with more apples and fruit showing,alcohol is present but not overdone. Colour was murky mahogany?.
04 vintage, caramel, burnt toffee and you can taste the Cascade hops as well. Might have put one down to see if it gets better as I preferred the 02 vintage.
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage: An orange/amber color and somewhat small off white head start off this brew. Nose is malty and somewhat rich...pretty nice! Flavor is well malted, deep, and full. It really fills the mouth, and has a nice dry finish that lasts a while! A good english strong!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's no Fuller's Vintage, but it's one of the better Aussie beers that I have had. Hoppy and a little bit astringent on the finish, typical of Australian ales. 7.5% is handled well, tastes like a regular 5% ale.