Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Odeed for this. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little residual hop aroma and some sweet toffee notes. Light lemon rind, toffee, bread yeast, and just a pinch of phenolic character. Quite a bit of rough bitterness and some fusels make me wish I would’ve laid this down for another year. Then again, with what I’m tasting - my particular bottle probably wouldn’t hold up. A bit rough on the finish with more fusel character coming to the forefront along with the general "green" character of the bottle. I’d say, if you have a bottle lay it down for another year and see how it turns out.
brokephibroke (307) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
spicy, fruity aroma with a huge initial head which slowly dissapates into the English pint glass quite loudly. As it settles into a cooper pour and off white head, I notice the malt aroma and raisans. Nicely balanced, sweet up front bitter swallow and a mellow bitter after taste. Pretty good effort from across the pond, but lacking that certain backbone...
JoeZasada (300) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a reddish amber hue, with a never-ending head... a beautiful ílookí to the beer...
Tastes quite malty, with a nice hopped bitterness to finish... an excellent beer!
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been getting one of these in my stocking at X-mas for the past four years. I always look forward to drinking it. Absolutely excellent ale. Everything has been said already.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very thin out of the bottle. Nice foamy white/amber head. Aroma consists of appricots, malt, and alcohol. It is colored a dark amber, a bit on the hazy side. It is a full bodied beer, however, it is thin, malty, almost alcoholic in texture which sticks to the tongue, yet goes down smoothly. If your not careful it will knock your socks off. Finishes up quite well, warming up the tummy. Would be much better on a nice winter day in New England than October in Texas.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is going to be a weird rating. My brother bought this beer at a gas station. I didnít have high hopes at the time. Pours with big head and classic color. Smells fruity. Little nose. Taste is well balanced hops and malt
Very good beer.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle no. 135686. Thanks to Keith (who will probably never ready this) for providing the sample. Since I already rated this, and ratebeer dropped the writeup, I’m not doing it again.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
when I think of English strong ales, I think of Fullers 1845 and of the Fullers Vintage series. This series ages so well that starting in 2004 I began cellaring 4-5 bottles of each vntage. This is a premium beer now. But Iíll be rating it again in a few years!
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a sweet cherry scent which follows through to to the taste...sweet cherry with subtle hoppiness with a floral finish....very nice, and I managed to get #131,026 in the series
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle # 136119: Cloudy amber w/ a small beige head. Aroma holds some sweet malts & hops. Picking some alcohol too. Flavor: Sweet malts, alcohol & oak. Gets better as it warms, much smoother. Will have to try this one again.