jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
malty and roasty in the aroma...really nice smell, with just a hint of hops. it's a very clear amber with nice bubbling, but perhaps a little too carbonated. very dry, bitter finish with the slight taste of alcohol. overall very balanced (nice and malty to help out an interesting bitterness), and very drinkable!
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with a moderate off-white head that leaves some great lacing. Pleasant sweet & earthy malt on the nose. Slight creamy mouthfeel, solid malt notes to start the flavour, and good bitterness in the finish. A tasty & easy drinking bitter.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled: Fruity-malt taste to begin with which dissipates quickly to a bitter finish. The palate was rather thin. I was somewhat dissapointed. I'd like to try it on tap, maybe I just got a weak bottle.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 dark red color no bubbles small white head. bitter melon and tart smell. bitter cherry citrus flavor and nice bitter aftertaste.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber with a large fluffy head. A hoppy astringent aroma (alcohol or hops?). Flavor is outstanding. A nice malty start that is not too sweet and a pleasantly bitter finish. Beautifully balanced. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Not too thick or too carbonated. One of my favorites. Excellent beer!!
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pine smell - very little head or lacing - bitter taste with a slightly bitter after taste
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Nioce coper color with a decent head. This beer always seems a bit thick to me. The alcohol makes an appearance at the end, but I don't think it 'takes over' - just noticeable. Otherwise a fairly malty beer with some good hop flavor, but not overly bitter.
MaBeer1972 (1374) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong aroma of alcohol hits me first. Unusual for a British brew. Tasty malts, but the ABV just seems to take over. I am not impressed.
sloth (2547) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large offwhite head, plenty-o- lacing, short hang time though. Clear amber color. Somewhat must, malty nose. Medium body. Malty, fruity with some oxydation in the flavor dept.. Finish is dry.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale amber, creamy head. Aroma is a bit stale, slightly metallic, EKGs, subtle fruitiness. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, rich and chewy. Flavor hops stand out nicely against a very solid sweet malt background. Perfectly balanced. I've had EKG-hopped IPAs that were less hoppy than this. I'd love to try this fresh on cask. Someday.