ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful copper-red with thick long-lasting light-brown head with small bubbles. Sweet amlt, pepper, alcohol with notes of citrus-peels in aroma. Caramel, hops and white pepper in flavour. Bitter and slightly spicy alcoholic finish.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full flavor, beautiful head and color. I could definitely taste hints of fruit and malt. Not remarkable but was better than average. Worth a try.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like this one but don't love. Down sides finished with hardly any fizz and left a really bitter after taste. Yet now the bitterness has left my mouth and I have a very nice sweet nutty taste. Very nice colour(UK spelling) and smells great. Very drinkable and it has a nice flavor while its being drunk but the initial aftertaste is a turn off. I guess this is a much more high scale verson of bass ale. It needs to be a touch sweeter with a little more fizz. I would drink it again though.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like an ale, tastes like a lager. This is not necessarily a good thing.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very interesting beer to drink, I believe it was my first English Strong Ale. Incredible taste, with some very interesting subtelties. Extremely balanced in the taste, with a slightly malty aftertaste, but very subtle. Bittersweet, more sweet than bitter, more bitter than sweet. Very drinkable, and easy on the palate.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very spicy hop aroma. Looks really nice in the glass, frothy brown head on top of a sparkling ruby liquid. Good balanced flavors. Balanced hops and malt flavors. Tastes a bit like a stronger version of the Fuller's ESB. An intersting sour and cinnamon flavor develops on the palate after the swallow.
mrzero (2) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The one outstanding feature of this beer is it's aroma. When you have a glass nearby it smells if beer, and love, and all those other things that go with beer.
The flavour was a bit of a let down, I tasted more smoke (vaguely "ham" like) than any spices, and found the aftertaste to linger a bit too long. It's a good beer, but I think it'll become a dinner beer for me, not a sit around with the lads beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma of mustiness and dare I say rain. Good amber color with a head that just won't quit. Full malty feel greets the mouth. Good sweetness that rounds out the taste and fades away. Certainly some spicy hops in the finish and aftertaste. Some chocolate and nuttyness in the palette. An excellent beer any way you look at it.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Deep chestnust brown with some lighter blonde hues as well as some red tints. Smells of alcohol, pepper and hops.
Has a small lacey head of beige/light brown.
Begins somewhat sweet and I am thining, lots of fruit, but then out of nowhere, the body shifts gears and towards the finish I am tasting tons of hops. This beer makes the Vintage Ale seem like a unbalanced mess in comparison. This is supremely balanced, very soft and perhaps not as challenging, but magnificently flavored and balanced. Tastes of cherries, oak, and has a nice deep dry hops flavor that comes out. Alcohol flavor is hinted at and by no means dominant. The initial taste has some zesty spices, not heavy, almost tending towards herbal/licorice, but sweeter and more caramel/candied. Well I liked this beer, and it is certainly a nice alternative to the much more stern and alcoholic Vintage ale from Fullers
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before 30/SEPT/02, Poured a reddish amber color with a large light tan head that had small creamy bubbles. Aroma smelled was musty with a hint of light fruit and grape bubblegum. Dry hoppy flavor but as I worked my way down the glass it turned to a sweet alcohol taste to it. Given the reviews I had higher hopes.