willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.05.04. Bottle, a surprise gift from a customer. Reddish amber color with a trace of a head that lingers. Aromas of blueberry, raspberry, sweet malt. Flavor is carried by a thin but coating palate that finishes sharply, dry, and hoppy - Grapeskins. More sweeeet berry and plum flavors and tartness. Some nice alcohol in flavor, but not in aroma, adds depth to taste. An interesting brew. Quite nice, really, and a great surprise. Not what I had expected when given this treat.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark cranberry color with brown and orange hues. Smallish cream ring for a head. Smells of wheat, banana, grapes. Taste is sweet malt, banana, grapes, pit fruits, dry hops and caramel. Pretty good ale, but nothing extraordinary here.
CapFlu (4719) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a thin, quick-dissipating, white head and a copper body. Weak malt nose that is rather lactic. Has a very strong english flavour - wouldn’t be surprised to find golding and kent hops in here. Linguring mild malt finish. Average.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy amber with a slight white head. Aroma is very fruity and buttery- kinda diacetylish. I really like that ringwood yeast. Gives a great authentic english strong aroma, along with lots of malt. Reminds me a little like old thumper or any other shipyard brew due to the yeast selection, however, this beer has a medium body and is rich in flavor. However- I really believe that there can be no way that this is 7.7% abv. It just tastes like it is around 5. A very good strong ale and not overbearing. Extremely drinkable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear copper body topped by a foamy beige head. Hardly any aroma at all. Weak scent of caramel if anything. Watery texture. Flat. Thin. Flavor was almost nil. Just not a good beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown clear with thick long lasting tan frothy head. The nose is incredibly faint with just a hint of caramel. The taste is again some caramel and malts but the butter is very present but is weak and watter compared to other good beers out there.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazed copper hue with a frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hints of biscuit, toasted malts, boyenberry, toffee, floral hops, and dusty yeast esters. Reminds me a lot of Fuller’s beer but not as strong. The taste has a mild fruity and malty tone with a good balance of bitters throughout. Undertone of earthy, woody and smoky notes which led to a subdued bitter finish. The alcohol is very well hidden. The feel is lively and dry, almost chalky, some richness. If you told me this was made in Britain, I would have believed you. A nicely quaffable strong ale, again very Fullers like.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very respectable ale. Reddish-brown in color with a good head. Malty aromas lead to a complex toasted-nutty flavor.
tpoid (25) - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a fan of Cooperstown brewery. This one is a strong kick ass beer. Great flavor, fruity at some level yet I know there is no added flavors to the beer. Nice red color, excellent head and lacing. Very hard for me to not rate this as one of my favorite ales. The only down side is it is not readily available in my area, I get it at local stores by my son’s college. He graduates this month, but I am told it is available via the web site to NY residents. My good fortune!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: reddish copper with a nice off tan head. Sweet tangerine malt aroma and a flavour to match. Some piney bitterness adds a slight depth to the flavour and texture. The balance in this one is the best thing going for it: not overly flavourful or interesting. But drinkable and tasty in its own way.