whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 A really nice beer with tantalizing complexity. Subtle hops and very nicely balanced with fruity malt and spice flavors. Despite bottle-conditioning and above average ABV, freshness is crucial with this one. A fresh bottle is exquisite. Iíve had some older bottles that were lackluster.
rauchbier (3496) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re rate. Saved a bottle from the last time I sampled this beer to see if aging improved it and happily it did. Spicy golding hops with a background of nuts in the nose, hop grain and biscuits in the mouth and a chalky, hoppily bitter finish with a suggestion of tangerine.
Previous rating only 3.4, age it for a year or two.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice brown color with a very smooth carmel-fruit taste. An excellent ale, one of the best I have ever tasted.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
THe aroma is rich with fruits, hops and malts, the color is a nice brown color with a very light tan head. Very malty flavor with a slight hop finish. Very, Very good stuff
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best British ale I have found so far. Beautiful mahogany color like a DFH raison díetre, but not quite as sweet and a bit hoppier. Hops seemed to dominate both malt and sweetness, and to hide some of the spices that I knew were hiding in there. Still, a great brew.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Firm, lasting head. Aroma and taste both have malt, raisin and licorice. Good lacing. Alcohol burn. Some roasted malt and oak. Great strong ale.
Cask: dark brown color. Marmalade fruit and some earthy hops in the aroma. Red fruit jam, bitter cookies and earthy, citric and flowery hops in the flavor. Malty, slightly alcoholic, full bodied. A firm peppery hopbitterness in the aftertaste. Delicious!
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great strong ale.
Liked the creamy head the most.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany color. Medium long-lasting head. Fruity caramel aroma. Slight alcohol aroma. Some hops in the nose. Wonderful aromatic blend. Surprisingly quite bitter. Very malty. Slight roasted flavor. Strong caramel and toffee flavors. The bitterness and roast seem a little out of balance but good nonetheless. Creamy. Full bodied. A very nice English Strong Ale!
notalush (4450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best thing about this beer is the finish; dry hoppiness and a slight, malty sweetness. Great appearance and smooth going down the old gullet. Good stuff.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Actually, Iím quite impressed. This is very dry beer, somewhat like a good merlot wine. It is very smooth and very nice-looking: bright red body and thick white head. This is a sipping beer to go with a good steak.