lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sporadic notes on this one from the Dallas tasting way back when. Seems I thought it smelled like "burning carmel," whatever that means. I noted the flavor was not overly bitter, odd since that's what it's supposed to be. I also noted that this beer was very "smooth" and I surmise that means it had decent mouthfeel.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purple color; Head lasted a long time; Nose was a bit grapey. Weird woody dryness. Thin too. Sweetness just does not come form the nose to the tongue.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow, tobacco, toasty, foaming on the tongue, the roasty malts dampen into earthy hops and leaves-in-the-fall in a big round mouthfull.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hmm, how did this wind up at the Dallas tasting of August 2003? Dark, nice smooth head. More porter-esque than a bitter, which the label claims. Chocolate-coffee, thick and hearty mouthfeel. Nice lingering finish.
3fourths (7521) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark murky brown. Alcoholic nose of wood. Musty, earthy feel and taste. burnt maple and oak, perhaps. Medium bodied, but quite smooth.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SilkTork (thank you for this among many gifts) shared with Texas raters. Not a bad Durham but again not impressing. Malty, woody, with an underlying fruitiness. Vibrant carbonation, good body. The flavor is more noticeably woody, some acidic bite. Reddish-brown color.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer come in such a pretty bottle, I decided to keep it from the tasting. The beer is brownish-red. Mild nose, sweet and fruity. Didn't appeal to me very much, but overall it was pretty nice. I'd enjoy a chance to have this again some day.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle-gift from silktork. My fave (so far) from this brewer. Nice caramel/choc flavour, some citrus from the hops. Also has some nice, almost tart, acidity, which works quite well, pretty nice.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned. Absolute gusher. Deeply gorgeous. This is an Old Ale based on a recipe from 1937 for Whitaker's Old Tom. Toffee flavours mix happily with oak aged wine, lettuce, and a little sour fruit. Saaz hops in the finish. Brilliant!
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark purplish/brown beer with light roast malts on the aroma. This is quite light to begin with, then, wham! A big dry, bitter, roast finish hits you right in the smacker. A beer that seemed poor, instantly redeemed.