Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a creamy off-white head on a hazy amber colored body. Aroma is heavy and sweet with malt, hops, fruit and oranges - very nice and tempting. Flavor is malty and spicy with pepper and toffee notes. A thick and flavorfull mouthful. Very nice!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 04.19.04. Pour is a tarnished brass, highlighted in amber tones. The head is huge and brainy, eggshell. Aromas are of sweet malts, cakey (?), slight spicey bitterness, coriander. The flavors have similar notes. As with the last beer tonight, I am noting a distinct salt flavor. (Is my palate corrupted today?) The finish tends towards cream, butter, sugared fruits. It's not such distinct beer, but it is evidently well-crafted. An interesting example.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of cinnamon rolls, spices, sugar, chocolate and some hops.
Spicy flavor with tones of licorice and chocolate.
Bitter with tanninous tones.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich foam head, long lasting and clumpy. Dark red/brown. Strong hops and finish. Very dry. Excellent and balanced. A beer that demands a little more time and reflection.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red-brown color. Deeply roasted malt with a hint of (Goldings?) hops in the nose. Initially sweet in flavor, but your tongue is soon assaulted by a dry and hoppy flavor that continues through the aftertaste. Thick and well-retained head.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 Bottled. Slight aroma of berry fruit. Dark brown colour with just a hint of red and no head at all. The taste is very malty and bitter with a slight fruitiness in the mouth. Iím afraid British BCAs are really not my cup of tea and this is supposed to be one of the best. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.3
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 (Bottled) Deep, dark red/amber color with a medium, off-white, foamy and lacy head. Mild, caramely and malty aroma with woody and nutty hops. Roasted-malty, caramely flavor with a long, dry, woody-hoppy finish. Sticky, bitter and dryish mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Surprisingly roasty, dry and full for a British ale with features from porters and dry stouts. Not bad at all.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep tan colour with small but fine beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity with some toffee and nuts. Flavor is, as said in the commercial description, almost fruit cake like.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 123456green for sending me a couple bottles of this Fullers ale!
Body shined bronze, but with edges of amber and a rocky kaki head. I was shocked with the intense hop presence here. Lasting caramel notes ring true, along side the woodsy oak like and floral hops. The thirst of hop actually became a bit astringent and overpowering here. Presented a little white pepper and black peppercorn, along side a musty humidor - cedar chest – spicy-like forwardness. The alcohol was upfront and BeanDip compared it to Aqua-Net hairspray. Maybe some time in the cellar would do this beer some justice.
Thanks again to 123456Green for giving me the chance to sample this brew!
screigh (667) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber brown with little head that lasted about 2 seconds, zero lacing. I don't smell much of anything for an aroma. The taste is quite good with sweet malt, nutty, chocolate taste. Nice...a definite must try.