Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brownish red body topped by a medium thick quickly disappearing head that leaves good lace behind. Sweet vanilla malt aroma with a touch of hops and alcohol. Slightly sweet malt flavor with bitter background and a strong bitter finish. Medium to full bodied and relatively dry.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey, sweet aroma and a touch of some kind of fruit in the flavor that I can't put my finger on. Malts and caramel are also present. Medium carbonation.
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has the appearance and aroma of your standard English Strong Ale, but it has an odd mix of flavors. There is an almost vinous, fruity aspect, with some slight roasted malt and hop bitterness near the finish. It's kind of an odd mix of English and Belgian Strong. Not sure if it works well, but I enjoyed it.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this one - a creamy tasting ESB. Thinner malts but well balanced, you wouldn't expect the alcohol content.
jgb9348 (5527) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good fruity smell with a nice amber colour. The pour looked thick as the beer coated the side of the glass. Somewhat wierd taste, but not very strong. Not a bad beer, just not much taste as I had expected.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich, complex flavor in a nice deep amber pour. there’s enough of a hop on this to make it worthwhile to drink, and it masks the 7.7 abv very well.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small off-white head recedes into almost nothing very quickly, reddish body, fruity nose. Medium sweetness, fruity flavor. Too much carbonation for the style. No particular alcohol presence. Ringwood character does come through.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The lads at Cooperstown Brewing have done a nice job with this one. The 7.7% abv is well-concealed, like a surprise bunt down the third base line. Maltier and less-hopped than most, this is a sweet, tasty brew.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know this is good, despite not being a big fan of Eng. Strongs. Fits style fairly well...quite frothy head, wonderful reddish color. Super malty, and the ringwood + 7.7% makes it quite sweet. Went well with super peppery teriyaki steak. Thanks Jayme.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice cloudy dark amber/maroon hue, almost no head. Haven’t had a lot of Eng Str Ales; looks just like a barley wine to me. Nose winelike, with caramel and prunes. Flavor -- ah, here’s where it stops being like a barley wine. Much "darker", roastier, more porter-like; alcohol is present to a slightly great extent than I’d like but the fruit-in-rum effect does offer some compensation. Long somewhat bitter finish. Good shit.