0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bottled 2004. Very red through light, but still somewhat brown, hazy. Smallish white head, mild lacing. Complex and well balanced aroma! Fair hop aroma, yeasty, fruity; light malt aroma, predominantly caramel, light soy. Front is fairly sweet, top a sweetish mix and the finish bitter sweet. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty, like a stout, but balanced with a sugarcane sweet. Full bodied with wonderful, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish(I like the mouthfeel very much). Noticable alcoholic bite before reaching ~room temperature. I enjoyed this more as it got warm. Overall: terrific beer, well balanced; moderate, pleasant flavors and a GREAT finish. Fairly easy drinking.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing amber/brown color. Doughy and spiced. Amazingly full body and bold taste without being bitter.
This would be good for breakfast with its warm spice and bready taste. ;) I'm impressed.
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great plain ale, you really can't do better. It's eminently drinkable, with a pleasant aroma. When I first had this it made me smile because the taste seemed to contain equal parts of everything I liked about other ales. Not all that easy to find, but worth it. It's good cold too.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle Poured a clear amber with a thick foamy head. Some English hops in the nose as well as some bready malt. Palate is a bit thin for my liking yet smooth. Flavor seemed fairly simple and nothing that I was hoping for. I really think the ESB is better than this one. Overall a decent English Ale, however nothing deserving of an exceptional rating.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
University of Texas Oange, with a slight tan head. Spicy vanilla and cinnamon aroma. There is a very appealing smoky, earthy sweetish flavor that leads into and meshes nicely with a piney, dry finish.
YogiBeera (2567) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled> Nice. Medium foamy head, amber colored, alcohol nose with fruits. Malty bitter dry taste. A really nice one.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, wood nose on a deep amber beer, with a good sized head. Flavor is kind of earthy, a slightly gritty taste, followed by grassy hop feel, but not too strong of a bite to it.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy, a little hoppy, fruity and malty. It was exactly what I wanted it to be.
Beaver (1614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 1845 poured a copper-red with a thick, creamy, light-tan head that retained well with decent lacing. It has a yeasty, biscuit aroma with some fruitiness and some sherry-like alcohol notes. It's taste was initially toasted malt and caramel with some fruitiness, and then a late crisp, slighty bitter finish. It was pretty full-bodied and went down really smooth. Overall, the 1845 is a good beer, but I was expecting more.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice red color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is slightly malty and nutty, but fairly tame overall. A nice smooth beer with a good, mildly lingering hop bite on the end. The quality of the malts give it a nice toffee, roasted flavor. The balance of the initial malt hit with the ending hop flavor is really nice. Quality and a superb example of the style, but perhaps slightly overrated.