JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep red color, cloudy, with a very large, foamy off-white head. The aroma is one of the best I've ever enjoyed. Caramel, creamy, sweet, some plum and dates notes. The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma. The caramel is present, slightly sweet, but it seems a bit watered down. Still, quite a good brew.
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 An extremely foamy head on this brew.Good amber color.Fruity aroma and very smooth.Great lacing!Has an aftertaste to it after it gets a little warm, but this one I like.I definitely would drink this brew again and again and again!
Re-Rate:Bottle. Poured a medium sized vanilla fizzy head that had poor retention, fast rising carbonation, spotty amounts of lacing, and an orange hue with a golden tint. The aroma was fruity, hoppy, sweet, malty, caramel, alcohol, and rich. The flavor was hoppy, caramel, malty, fruity, and the ABV came through although not overpowering. The mouthfeel was mostly smooth with a tinglyness and the body was light-medium. A well balanced beer with a warming sensation as it warmed up, worthy of a try, and a beer I will drink again if it comes my way.
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Highly invigorated light brown head of fine bubbles that left behind a nice lacing on the pour. It has a transparent dark amber brown body. Malty aroma mixed with hops. It has a fizzy taste of hops and nutmeg flavor. Very rambunctious! Went down smoothly
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a rich, amber color. Tan colored, huge, long-lasting head that slowly fades to a rich lace, and a creamy layer of
bubbles. Aromas right away of cherry brandy, peaches, kiwi fruit, strawberries, and apricots. This stuff is a veritable fruit bowl
in a bottle. Serving size - 18.6 oz. brown bottle. Rich maltiness to it, with fruity esters galore. On the sweet side to me.
Surprizing hops bite at the finish of it. Goes down smoothly. Well balanced, superbly crafted English ale. Hard to find in my
area, but worth the hunt. All in all, a really good example of brewing.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet in color with a nice foamy head. Complex taste of caramel malt, spices, and some fruitiness toward the finish, very nice
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great big head, lovely color, somewhat dry, woody, spicy, citrus like in the bitterness. Been having a hard time finding it around here on the last search. Should I have stocked more bottles? Just afraid that they don't seem to cellar too long. When they get very old they tend to get "excitable" upon opening.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber body with smaller and bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Aroma consists of fruit (cherry, apricots) and roasted malts. Flavour is a beautiful mix of fruit, roasty toasy malts and spices. A great mix of taste without having either the typical citrus, chocolate or coffee. Finish is dry and fruity with a hoppy bite. A superbly crafted ale.
caesar (4721) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear red color, short mostly diminishing head. Aroma of red wine, brandy, burned malts. Burned malty taste, licorice, tar, even a bit sour acidic. Palate is dry, and bitter, bitter as can be! Horrifying bitterness combined with an acidic/alcoholic finish. Again, a heavily overrated english style.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2003 Mr Kelly wouldn't give me a pay rise so I had to scum a shot glass from my beer buddy. Nectarine and Brandy dominates with a finish that leaves you in a sticky mess on the floor with half an attempt to cross your legs. Hops could be a little harsher...
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finished oak color with a medium creamy white lasting head. Aroma of bread, molasses, roasted malt with some fruit( pears?) and alcohol. Malt taste with some hop bite toward the back of the tongue. Smooth, pleasant mouthfeel, somewhat chewy, alcohol is noticable in taste and feel.