Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a clear copper with a small head. Aroma of malt and an aroma I can’t identify. Taste of malt, fruits, and sweetness. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad.
Lilja (1623) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smak och doft av humle, malt med fruktiga toner och karamell. Bra sötma och en fin avrundande beska.
tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First tasted this in The Bell, Odiham in June 1982. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear copper red in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong aroma of rose blossom, long in intensity. Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts deliver a robust maltloaf whack full in the mouth with maple syrup, dates and sultanas. Decent dusty hop resins give a dry floral aftertaste. Finish is sweet and malty with toffee overtones. An excellent session ESB for hot summer days.
rubbishystuff (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Used to be available at Brewhaus in Springfield. I remember it rather fondly. Serving: Bottle
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes dated Feb 1999. Bottle. Light chestnut color, thin tan head, scant lacing. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste was bitter start to finish, caramel up front, smooth and balanced.
scotty (1053) - SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My notes from a while back tell me that I " cant say much about this other than it’s an inoffensive ale" hence the average rating for it!!! Have to say the labels not changed at all!
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
354ml bottle from Shropshire. Vintage 1989. Bottle conditioned. A dull mahogany brown colour. Some natural carbonation. Some whiffs of cardboard. Taste is again cardboard. raisin, chocolate, metal, meat, tobacco, dusty leather, wet dog, and banana. Cardboardy bitterness in the finish. Drinkable and reasonably attractive. Despite this beer’s reputation, the abv is not quite strong enough to allow this to develop over nearly 20 years - and the hops have clearly not survived.
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an ~ 1986 bottle of Eldridge Pope Royal Oak, Huntsman Strong Ale. Silver Medal Burton 1985. Best before Mar 1988. Or not. This bottle conditioned ale has aged to a dusty persimmon color. The aroma is a fruity burgandy. Carbonation is light. The flavor began with burgandy but finishes with hints of peach, perhaps raisin. A bit thin, with a hint of sweetness - very light hint. Query whether this is the same recipe (says Ratebeer) as OHanlons Royal Oak. If it is, start laying away some OHanlons. This has aged well.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Like Admiral, I too found an old bottle with a best by date of March '96 - though I didn't notice it until I got it home. This is seven and a half years old for goodness sake and unfortunately it came from a going out of business sale at a neighborhood liquor store. No way to exchange this puppy. It poured chestnut brown (odd for a pale ale) with a ton of both small and largish chips floating around in it and little head to speak of. It smelled like a malt vinegar that's sat out in the sun way too long. But I have to confess, unlike Admiral, I couldn't bring myself to taste it - just a wimp I guess. It left quite a residue in the sink as well. Would love to find a fresher bottle to give a truer rating.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery brown, with whitish head. Full of wee floaties; but the bottle was very old (purchased at a junk store that I went in to look for old fountain pens, off a shelf of old bottles, for $2) with a best-before date of March '96 on the back. It was still quite decent. Butterscotch-like malt, with a solid bitterness in back. It had that nice silken mouthfeel common to a lot of English ales. Would be a great session beer if I could find a steady supply of it fresh. Extra points for still being tasty after seven years on a shelf.