Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very good in all aspects. Nose is like a barley wine. Has the apricot and caramel that I love. Appearence is a beautiful rich amber with a little foam on top. Taste is like a less intense version of a barley wine. I was thinking this was about 6.5% ABV until I saw what it really was (8.5%). This takes the barley wine notes a little further by including flavors of a fine whiskey and a bit of cinnimon. I paid too much for this I think ($9), but it was worth it.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first experience with an english strong ale, so maybe I don't know the style well enough to be overly critical, but this baby is hard to drink. Why you ask, the alcohol is just too overbearing. The aroma is malty caramel and mellow hops with a hint of acrid bitter tones. The flavor starts smooth and sweet but leaves the mouth rather dry and somewhat violated. Appearance is burgandy with chestnut highlights. The flavor is very whisky-like as is the bottle and the box it comes in. Overall, too strong. It challenge the claim of 8.5% alcohol. This beer needs a "proof" listing on the bottle.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully balanced strong ale, starting to take on a nice brandy like aged character...superb malt backbone, all most lager-like in itís cleanliness, but with a definite ale fruitiness and complexity. Would love to do a vertical tasting someday with all the vintages...Hope it doesnít meet the same fate as Thomas Hardyís vintage ale.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose: Can not find any other word to describe it, except ícobwebsí. Like walking into an empty, dusty room of an old house with wooden floors. Rather strange, but cool. ...Hardly any fruit in this one. Slightly sugary, with some yeast. Unique!
Flavours are dark and dry. A nice bitterness comes through in the middle and lingers on in the finish.
Some mustiness in the flavours also.
The hue is a nice dark orange/brown, with a nice haziness.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well seven years ought to be enough aging. Bottle #49643, poured reddish and immedialtley after the pour was a sweetened taste that reminded me a little of the mead I had the night before. First taste was malt heavy and left asweet taste. The last sip of this one a hour later left a bitter taste. Overall a good session beer and something to talk about with other beer conneseuers.
Satyroneto (283) - BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cor âmbar com tons rubi, translúcida e algum brilho; espuma marfim de média formação e média persistência com lacing regular.
Aroma complexo com notas doces de maçã, mel e toques de pêra; com o aumento da temperatura surgem notas de madeira e torrado e mais tardiamente notas de álcool.
Sabor também complexo com início doce de maçã e mel evoluindo para um final amargo elegante fazendo contraponto ao dulçor inicial; com a elevação da temperatura agrega-se ao sabor inicial notas de torrado e madeira; com maior elevação da temperatura surgem notas alcoólicas no final; retrogosto persistente de dulçor de maçã e amargor equilibrado, surgindo notas alcoólicas que aquecem a boca com a elevação da temperatura.
Cerveja extremamente equilibrada e imptessionante drinkability para uma cerveja que envelheceu por 15 anos.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
talk about full bodied! the richness of the malts just fill the mouth and coat the tongue. most of fullers' beers smell the same to me, they just have accents in different places, it is like that whole tomato tomaato thing. ok so i dont know how to type that but whatever. malty with some diacetyl and a hint of earthiness in the nose. lots of malt in the flavor with other flavors jumping in to keep it exciting. they include alcohol, plums, slight hint of earthy hops, and lots of foffe flavors in the finish. for such a full bodied beer this one clears out of the mouth quite well, it is a very clean beer.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great full body aroma, red/coper color. the taste seems dry and fruity, and the finish is with a strong hoppy contrast.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle#40960 from 23red street beer store,
Amber orange color,fluff head,semlls like ripe fruit,flavas of yeastyneess, More malt , slight alcohol in the aftertaste
lil sweet,this is solid not over the top, good srong ale
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE 33353: The appearence is dark amber and murky. The head is thin and off white with slight lacing. The smell is of hops, fermenting apples, and a strong odor of english malts. Surprisingly the beer is not an overpoweringly sickly-sweet terror, but rather a mellow slightly bitter, full flavor, with hints of fruit.