iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is like reaquaiting with a good long time friend when after you leave you say why donít I do that more often! On tap, quite good as usual, superb coloration and does the style proud.
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bronze with a medium tan head. Lovely toffee-ish and hopped aroma. Or is it caramel? Nice nonetheless! Taste is smooth and sweet with some lightly bittered notes towards the end. This would be a nice session beer! Good stuff!
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redish pour with a thin white head. Aroma is crisp and fresh. I definitely didnít smell any carmel in this. Not sure where people are getting that from. Woody yes. The flavor wasnít what I expected. Slight bitterness with nothing too abrasive. A very drinkable brew with good flavor.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, malt, and slight green apple. Appears a deep copper color with crystal clarity and one to two finger head that rapidly dissipates but that leaves some lacing. Caramel molasses flavor that is a bit on the sweet side, followed by the slightest tinge of hop bitterness at the finish, and a slightly spicy aftertaste. Palate is somewhat thicker than expected, possibly enhanced by the sweet caramel taste. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too keen on the earthy aroma. Nice malt flavours, not very bitter for an esb and little hop aroma.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rosy gold color with a fluffy white head. Smells strongly of smoke and wood, tinged with hops. Bitter woody flavor that ends with a sort of rough maltyness. Tasty!
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good, solid overall beer. Nice color, good head, good taste and mouthfeel. Very malty and bitter, as advertised. Probably one of the best, if not the best, of the style.
madquacker (1075) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
After a promising aroma this beer quickly falls into a caramelly morass of unpleasentness. Predominating flavour is medicinal. They are trying a little to hard with this. Very disappointing.
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I remember drinking this in my 20ís in the UK, it used to be known as GBH(grevious bodily harm) for a reason. Excellent flavour and aroma, pours out wonderfully and is just a real ball tearer of a beer.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt flavour very bitter for the first half of the glass, then balances slightly. Hops cut bitterness nicely and left warm feeling in mouth, although aftertaste is still nicely bitter. Full-flavored body and carbonated at first, balances quickly and cuts away some bitterness. Nice dark red color.