robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper to Ruby Coloring? Spice, fruit. Malt and Hops. Fullers is not my favorite by personal taste, but they make an excellent effort here...worth keeping some around to age.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into an ale glass. The musty, malty smell that greets you out of the bottle and glass reminds you of a morningís fog settling on soft downs and moors. Iíve never really been on downs or moors, but thatís what popped into mind; I hope they smell like this. Add to that some toasty and tawny port aromas, and a bit of chocolate milk, and youíve got the delicious smell of this beer. Appearance: fizzy frothy head initially average to large, mostly diminishing, light brown; murky amber color in the glass. The taste: malty, creamy, a bit bitting on the tounge (I wouldnít want to say acidic, since it wasnít mouth-watering; it was almost as if it were dry, while I still had a mouth full of beer). There was a vague taste of ginger cookies blended with the bitter hops, which came out more strongly on the finish. Somehow, there was sweetness on the back of my tounge (isnít it supposed to be up front?), which was a pleasant surprise. I would rate this one higher, but the finish seemed just a little...off. I donít really know why, it just seemed that the various identifiable parts were better than their sum. In toto, the hops and the malt are very complimentary. Good beer.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Re-rate: Aroma of fig, molasses, rasin, and toffee. Appears with a lovely orange-brown hue; modest yet very fine head. Bitter flavor overlaying sweet toffee, brown sugar, and modest roast flavor. Strong alcohol in the finish. Palate is a little thin, but with good effervescence. Overall, equal to the sum of its parts, and quite interesting.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful reddish-brown. Good head retention. Smells of soap and nuts, but quite pleasant. A great taste of roasted rye and barley, with perhaps a bit too much bitterness for my taste. Incredibly malty, mmh...
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Greens in Atlanta... one of the few >6% I can find around here, but that will change July 1 when we get ALL of them :) Dark amber pour with a creamy eggshell white head and thick lace. Aroma is a doughy and bready. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of spice, bread, some fruit and nice hopping towards the end. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the finish for my taste, but crisp nonetheless. For the style, itís top notch... not necessarily my cup of tea, but that wonít influence my rating.
jonas (6103) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BottleHoneyish malt and soft hop aroma.
Brownish amber, low carbonation, creamy brown head.
Cookie malt and some burned toast flavors topped off with a
jolly good portion aroma hops.
Medium body, sparkling mouthfeel.
Extremely satisfying brew.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured a nice rich amber with a fluffy lasting head and a lot of lacing. aroma rich choc. like godiva choc. malts, and a hint of butterscotch very nice. flavor malts, nutty, majaal dates donít know if spelling is correct,sweet spices mouth feel smooth .with some bitterness. a very good beer
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer was shipped stateside in a brown bottle with attractive labeling that has an old world charm to it. There are some brief blurbs about the brewer on the back label, and a best before date (03/Jan/05 for this review bottle). Despite being clearly marked as 6.3% ABV, the beer has slipped under the radar of the beer police and is readily available in Georgia.
The poured beer was deep red to amber in color with a ľ inch thick short lived head. Carbonation was medium intensity with very fine bubbles. Despite being bottle conditioned, the beer was only slightly hazy with no visible yeast sediment.
The aroma was malty with the nose being dominated by oak, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The hops are not dominant, but have a distinctive English profile to them.
The malts were present in the taste as well, with notes of toffee, cherry, raisins, and a wisp of smoke. The previously invisible yeast made its presence known in the form of a dusty, cobwebby feel similar to the air in an old castle. The hops were surprisingly bitter and biting, with a peppery spiciness to them. This is the hoppiest English beer Iíve had to date. The overall taste reminded me a lot of Stone Arrogant Bastard, but was not as bold.
The mouthfeel was smooth like butter and made the beer slide down easily. The only drawback in this department was a bit of watery body.
This is a very nice and bold ale from the Old Country. A must try for those who can find it.
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tawny brown slightly hazy body with a tan coloured head. Agree with the fruitcake aroma. Big malt flavour which is a bit too much for my liking. Some caramel and some bitterness. Alcohol was present but not offensive.It got better as it went down.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malty taste, with some spicy component,a discreet taste from the hops. Nutbrown in colour.