MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Roasted malts and alcoholic nose with a touch of caramel too. Amazing colour to the body, deep dark (almost black) translucent ruby amber. The usual crap head for and English beer. Flavour is all roasted malts, toffee and brown sugar, similar to the Vintage ale but not as strong and much more pleasing. The alcohol is clearly there but not at all offensive, more in a "this is going to get me drunk and you are going to like it" way. Finish is sweet again with some chocolate and butter. I know a lot of people are going to find this one too sweet but to me its all just hinted at and really rather good. Palate is syrupy but not in a bad way (thick mouthfeel) and I must mention the lovely alcoholic kick in the finish too. Rather lovely, this is giving me some faith in beers from my own country.
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and golden. Complex with a strong lingering sweetness. Flavour that hits you full on.Very nice.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, best by 6/23/06) Crystal clear dark amber body with big off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, floral, some caramel, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, earthy, light alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
harrisoni (12088) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber orange colour. Toffee and caramel with warming alcoholic kick. Sweet burnt toffee aroma, hoppiness is there but the tang is almost burnt off by the alcohol. Some appley fruit, but the toffee is great
DanielBrown (3499) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Finally tried this one (well, I shared it with my mate Matt). Hardcore stuff. Creosote, super-sweet tree sap, treacle and soured strength. This was a bit too overpowering for me. Full of flavour, no doubt, but not drinkably balanced.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 This was an immensely complicate beer, when i opened it, it the aroma was like a tin of baked beans, this left slowly like the head and left a beer unlike any i have had to date, sweet like a barley wine, but malt in there, yet not burnt, and then at the finish when u think thats it, the hops the brilliant hops really great, i should rate this higher if i hadnt smelt the beans, but alroun great great beer.
Try it, one of the best british iv had anyway.
Christian (10364) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, little head. Aroma of apples, malt, pipe tobacco and caramel. Rich, malty flavour, quite sweet, with some bitterness in the finish. You can sense the alcohol, but itís not overwhelming.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good amber colour and creamy head which didnít last. Wonderful rich aroma: sherry, malt and pelargoniums. The taste was sweet and malty, the long bitter finish exactly right.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color, low head. Caramel nose and initial flavor, fruity with some hint of cherry, light roasted malt. Tinge of hop bitter at the end, though more sweet than bitter overall. Medium body and a very good balance. Nice one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malty, hoppy and woody, deep copper, tiny tan head. Gorgeous full malt taste, tasty hops afterward. Very well balanced, full bodied, bitter, dry. Terrific!
Thanks Michael Robis of Chesters Beers of the World.