VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 500 ml can - Pours a beautiful amber with a huuuuge thick creamy white head. Aroma mainly of malts, with some hops to balance. Very thin mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Flavour is largely dominated by the malt, but there is a very pleasant balancing/bittering undertone of lemony hops from start to finish, and the hops remain after the malt has faded. Very nice.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a clear bright amber with a thick but diminishing off-white head that produces some lace. Aromas of toffee and grassy hops. Medium body. The taste is nutty, with withe toffee and grapefruit. Crisp finish with some piney notes.
patrick767 (3995) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft - Pours copper with a moderate head and an aroma of caramel malt and mild hops. The flavor is moderately hoppy with a nice malt balance, a medium body, and a dry, hoppy finish. Quality.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared with a mate in Kenilworth: copper orangish in color. Nice malt and hop aroma. Flavor is very balanced with a nice bit of hop flavor which imparts some piney and citrussy notes. medium bodied. Nice bitter.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 UPDATE: One of those new-fangled 330ml bottles from Tesco designed to wean lager drinkers onto crap watery bitters. OK musky herbal hop, toffee and faint orange aroma once heated. Honey, caramel, soggy paper, liquorice and aniseed hints. Seriously missing any of the fruitiness and body of its cask counterpart. Dead slicked tawny amber. Ridiculously overrated, and not just by me.
(ORIGINAL RATE) Buttery caramel malt aroma with hints of fruit and roast. Crystal clear red body with a thin white head that vanishes quickly. Toasted malt, juicy fruit, maybe a drop of honey. Much more assertive hop bitterness than the draught version. Fantastic length and complexity for the style. But the greatest thing about this beer is that delicate fresh-breadiness that lingers in the nostrils long after youíve swigged it. Delicious and insanely drinkable stuff. 737315
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ýl fŚet os naboen.
ōllen er classic agtig. Gylden.
SÝdlig og humlet/bitter smag.
Mere fyldig og smag end typirsk classic.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours an amber-ish orange color/ with a small head that fades quickly; little sticky lacing.
Smell: There is an immediate sweet caramel and buttery aroma that has subtle bready malt characteristics as well. There are very gentle English hops in the back of the nose.
Taste: This is a remarkable quaffable easy to accept beer. Very tasty. It has a soft flavor that has no bold characteristics; but its glamour is in itís gentle approachability. There is a bit of toasted malt, caramel, and breadyness up front. Then through the center, the beer seems very fruity and a bit juicy. There is a bit of buttery diacetyl and oily / juicy texture to the mid. The finish is slightly dry with just the perfect amount hop presence to leave a gentle bitterness lingering magnificently on the tongue. Well-done Fullerís!
Mouthfeel: Very smooth slick texture that is slightly crisp around the edge but more oily / juicy through the center. Solid backbone leaves this lightweight beer feeling solid enough, and the dry finish is brilliant.
Drinkability: This is one of the easiest drinking beers that I have encountered. It was so easy to drink and put down I hardly have words to describe it. Maybe the simple straightforward attributes. Maybe the perfect balance. Maybe the juicy characteristics; whatever it is that made this beer so quaffable and approachable made it a fantastically easy beer to drink!
Hope this is helpful.
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber honey pour with a small pearled head. Smells of brandy, honey, and roasted malt. Very solid beer. Lots of complexity with very little off tastes. Highly recommended. The finish on this is quite remarkable. Donít over chill this. Let the bottle sit out for a half hour at room temperature. It really opens up the flavors. Check the expiration date, Iíve seen real old bottles at west coast retailers.
benpickens (481) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bronze and clear with huge rocky longlasting head. Smells of butter, toast, and melon. Crisp and rough with a long dry finish.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught (Bishop Arms Linkoping). Good looks. Some hops in the aroma but this is unfortunately overpowered by the slightly cloying malts. Not very balanced, I at least wouldíve liked a bit more hops..