jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
IMHO this beer defines the style. Out of a bottle is no comparison to it on a cask in an English pub but it is still wonderful. Malty spicy aroma. Sparkling red with an off-white head. Wonderful mouth-feel, medium body but leaves an almost numb feeling from the bitter hops. Pretty bitter for an English beer. Good stuff.
johndoughty (4170) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had expected a lot from this one but was dissapointing.Nice copper apprearance and plenty of body as you would expect from a beer
of this strength. But no real depth just a pleasant bitter with no outstanding qualities.Take the label of it and it could be one of many pleasant bitters you can buy from most supermarkets.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful brew. I agree with many of the other reviews 100%. Damn near perfect in every way imaginable.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful copper color and perfectly carbonated with a nice, thick head. Chewy, toffee malt flavor, but in no way could be described as sweet. Very easily drinkable, appreciated and enjoyed.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 borderline perfect. don't know about the bottle, and you have to be smart to get it good on draft (the dove, near hammersmith bridge). oh my god, possibly the best smelling beer, this one time wow. turned me on to real ale like nothing else. smelled of wonderful malt, and yeast, and like...angel food cake. strong enough to get your money's worth of buzz after a few too. yummmmmmm
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very clear and deep amber color, with lots of fluffy off white head. Very malty, with a little bit of hop bitterness.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another fine beer in the English style. Great copper colour and a good toasty nose of malt and English hops. the balance is great and the taste rich and mouthfilling.
fishonmyplane (499) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Nice amber color. Compared to American pale ales (which I'm more used to) this is very sweet, rich, and malty, with a flavor of caramel & a dash of honey. Not as hoppy as I expected, but still very good.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nothing extra, nothing special, not very bitter, pretty disappointing since I'm a big fan of Fullers. will get another and rerate, because maybe this batch was bad.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low carbonation, thin head, and bronze color. Pleasant malty smell and faint hop aroma. Moderate hop spiciness that leads to a subtle bitter aftertaste. This is a decent session brew and an excellent gateway to introduce neophites to good beer (ditto for the London Porter).