jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex flavor is present with the malts, caramels, chocolates, coffee, and hoppiness. Balanced flavor for the most part, except for the hops. I thought this brew was excessively bitter for a strong ale.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
’05. Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep, dark amber / mahogany. Clear with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a layer of foam. Malty, carmelly, plummy, raisiny, slightly spicy aroma. Good, malty, but well balanced flavor. There is plenty of bitterness without very much hop flavor. What does it for me with this beer is the mouthfeel. Medium to thick, it surrounds your tongue with thick, smooth, creamy feel, with just the right amt. of carbonation, and then it goes down smooth and light. This is definitely one of my favorite winter beers.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 120z bottle. 2005. Ruby, brown hue. Hazy with a slight ring of tan head. Fruity nose with hints of cocoa and anise. Full and rich with a great silky texture. Long dry hop finish. Caramel and dark fruit. Middle is smooth and sweet. Bitter and long dry hop finish. Piney and resinous.
2006. 12oz bottle. Deep honey brown and sedimented. Large bubbled cola head. Sweet sugary nose. Brown sugar with a touch of red fruit. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Dry hops with a spicy flavor. Peppery zesty. Touch of syrupy honey sweetness.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to elnadeau for this one. Pours warm brown with a rich foamy head. Nose is sweet-cidery-malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth is quite roasty with a coffee finish. A pretty good brew.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 2007
2006 / 3.6* Pours deep rich amber w/ a full creamy froth. Superb hangtime reducing to a full, fluffy canopy. Aromas of brisk hops w/ a thick, malty caramel backdrop. Medium full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. The texture is very silky. Flavors are dominated by a piney hop presence wth a slightly spiced malty backbone to balance it all out. Minute flavors of coffee and leather. Finish is long with a lingering malty sweetness and perfectly bittered. ****
2005/ Color; clear, dark amber honey. Nose; faint malted cocoa. Palate; medium nectar with dry flavors of coffee, cocoa, pine, charcoal, with slight celery on the finish. A definate winter warmer. score 2.9
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle via trade with awaisanen - Thanks Andy! - Pours deep brown with a short creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some raisins, and some pine hops. Flavor is sweet caramel at the front with a touch of chocolate but finishes with some pretty sharp pine hop bitterness. Somewhat dry finish as well. Palate is creamy and medium bodied. A very drinkable English Strong Ale..
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep burgundy-purple, near black; irregular yellow-amber head. Very fruity nose, dark grapes and a piney background. Dark malts abund. Dry, piney hops flavour. Malts are there, but they don’t stamp their imprint on the taste. There’s a bit of creamy coffee whirling around in the background, lending the rather good body a velvety feel. A good ale, but I wonder about the supposed English character. Then again, who cares if the beer’s OK?
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is nice ruby amber with a thin tan head...smell is nice and dry malty with some raisins and pine floating about...taste is a little caramel-like sweet at first and only for a split second, then turning pretty strongly bitter...mouthfeel is a little weak and something seems off about the finish...
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage. Translucent brownish color, smallish head with lacing. Aroma is toasty bread, fruit and engllish hoppy, flavor followed well for me. At first I thought it needed some more body but it may have been just a bit too cold because after half of the glass I thought it was well rounded, well balanced and satisfying. A nicely crafted winter ale.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Deep copper in color with a little head. Thin tasting. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Caramel notes. Malty and fruity tasting. Finish is hoppy.