BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Bottle conditioned. Ruby amber color, mostly clear, with a small tan head. Medium bodied. Aroma: very sweet and malty with notes of berries, honey, raisins, grapes, wood, cake, mild rum balls, blueberries. Taste: light roasted malts and caramel start things off, then there’s some medium spicy hops, earth, roasted notes, honey, light chocolate flavors, and light spices. Finishes very dry, roasty, and a tea like taste. Very nice, thanks to my secret santa for this one.
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Very reminiscent of honey. Vinous notes as of a barleywine. Very hazy amber color with lots of floating yeasts. Off-white head. Caramels, honies, roasted malts, chocolates, vinous characters, oh my! Dry, roasty finish. Quite a lot going on, unfortunately this is thin and a little dry for my liking.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle...garnet pour with a thin white head. Malty, fruity aroma. Raisins, some alcohol, cardamom. Roasty malt to start, leading to some sweetness and fruitiness in the middle. The end is very nice with some hoppiness and a lasting choco-type roastiness. This is a very nice beer, rivals Lake Placid Ubu, in my mind as a very good English Strong Ale. Thanks to my Secret Santa for this treat!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut color, frothy tan head. Full aroma of caramel, nuts, raisins, toasty malt, and cake. Nice flavor, finishes with some spicy hops. Extremely drinkable, full, but smooth and soft palate. I could drink this all day.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Pours deep mahogony, thin head, fine lace. Aroma and flavor of malt and raisins; nutty and dry finish. Delicious.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned from Sainsbury’s. Dark red/amber. Aroma of autumn fruits, toast, spices. Good firm chewy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red copper ale with no head. Candy and woody aroma with light hops. Nice nutty malt and nice hops. Good bodied. Excellent British offering . (Sept. 2004)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz. (Best before: 19 OCT 2005, sampled 4 DEC 2004): hazed copper, with a modest tan foam that leaves sticky lacing all over the pint glass…Sticky alcohol aroma; noticeable sugar coated raisins, toasted grain, mild black pepper, burnt sugar and wet hop flowers. Nicely carbonated as evidenced by the tingling across the tongue and the very retentive cream. Slightly (surprising for me) spicy palate, with flavours ranging from a nicely striking bitterness up front to the long dry finish full of toffee, mashed red apples, hints of orange zest, and sticky honey. This one has breadth and depth. A great range of hop and malt flavour and a depth and complexity few can boast. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this one out of a beer engine?
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel malt aroma with plenty of spicy, citrusy, earthy hops and lots of raisin-like fruity esters. Clear amber-brown with immense and lasting, pillowy, tan head. Chocolate caramel flavour with a wonderful, crisp bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Alcohol never apparent. Bottle.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Garnet body with tan head. Very malty nose, caramel. A full feel in the mouth. Robust. You know you’re drinking something. The flavor is malt, nice sweet maltiness. I don’t get the "fruit cake" promised, and I’m one of those people who actually likes fruit cake. But this is a good English ale.