thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a good beer but dont think it is the best ale I've ever tried. Had it at Aries London Grill downtown Kalamazoo and don't think it was worth the price. Thick and bitter. Not as good as I expected it to be.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Truly a perfect-looking beer, pouring a dark red/brown with an initially thick, creamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is biscuity with some earthy hops. The beer itself is one big toasted biscuit, with some caramel and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Very well-done. I like the Vintage Ale (well, at least the 1999 version I tried), but this is easier drinking with the slight alcohol presence.
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 This is what a great English strong should be!! Nice malt and hop balance, with the biscuit flavor that defines this style for me.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brown with red edges, a great head and lace. A great malt aroma, with hints of fruit, mainly raisin. A very nice flavor, very smooth and fruity, an alcohol kick at the end. A damn good English strong.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours hazy brown, minimal head. Malt and hoppy aroma, with some fruit. Big english malt, darka dn sweet bread, right balance of hops, bittersweet. Smooth malty dough finish, clean. A great English ale.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper with copious head. Aroma is very malty, with some yeast poking around in the background. A lot of malt in the flavor with just a bit of hop bite at the end. Very nice.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Rerate: 11.02.08. Clear, clean butterscotch hue topped with a large, frothy, mocha-coloured head. The aroma begins sweaty, yeasty, and quickly picks up flinty and flowery elements. It continues along with cookies, both baked and dough, and picks up some faint toffee as well. Peaches, coconut and pears crawl out of the woodwork. A thick slab of malt resides underneath, not drawing attention to itself. Perhaps a little strong in the yeast and dough departments overall. Big bready, caramel sweetness up front with a flinty tint to it. Flowers are strong at mid-palate and beyond, flowing into a tangy, yeast finish that tends to the tea-like at times. Lots of tea in the lingering aftertaste, sweetened with wildflower honey. Medium to full bodied with a slick, acidic texture and moderate carbonation. 50cl bottle, bbe 23.10.09.
New score of 5/4/7/4/13 = 3.3. Given the amount of time since my previous rating, the new rating fully replaces the old. I still found the aroma underwhelming, but this time it was over yeasty as well. The flavour was more on track, but no where near what I originally experienced. Still, it does look good and feel alright.
50 cL bottle, pint glass, 55 degrees. I had one of these the other night and it was great. Now, to see how it stands up to a formal rating. BTW, I donít know how a 6.3% ABV beer made it into Georgia, but Iím happy it did. Very large, off-white, frothy, fizzy, rocky head is well lasting and sits on a ruby-red to brown-orange body that is clear with lively carbonation. Caramel, nutty, cookie malt is very rich (Heavy); pleasant flowery hops (Moderate); doughy yeast (Light); raisin, oak, honey, clove aromas. Wouldíve had a 10 if the aroma were a little stronger. Heavily sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic (sour) finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Thereís a bunch of malt in here and I like it! The bottom line is: I had to clean up dog puke halfway through this beer and it was still delicious. Original rating 9, 5, 9, 4, 16 = 4.3.
fishonmyplane (424) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2003 Dark reddish-amber color, with a small head. Strong malty aroma. It goes down surprisingly smooth, not to mention fast. The flavor is pretty complex; lots of caramel malts, with hints of fruit (I agree with kowl, there's some strawberry-like flavor in there). The hop balance is absolutely perfect. A great beer; similar in some ways to their ESB, but even more impressive.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
used the ultraspank aggressive pure method and it turned out beautiful!! nice head, light lacing, ice tea color; i did smell fruit cake; taste citrusy with dates and raisens, perfectly balanced with carmel. Nicely done indeed. Gets hoppier as it warms.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled. Poured with a nice thick tan head. There were hints of caramel and butterscotch in the nose. (Now for the best part...the taste.) Absolutely delicious! It has this chewy, malty, caramel taste that makes my taste buds want to dance. Underlying this sweet taste are the hops, which become much more prevalent in the finish. Very well balanced and very flavorful! This is now one of my all time favorites.