BritAlesRule (211) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A not-so cloudy dark gold thing, with lots of apples, caramel, and sugar in the nose. Great taste is similar to nose, but itís apparent immediately that the aroma is king. Lingering hops on the back end will make friends of certain American drinkers. Best British beer Iíve had in awhile.
KingofCastle (202) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
bottle #27611 Even this special box isnít going to make me like this. Now, I love Fullersí ales, absolutely love bitters too. However, this brew says "I want my face hot" or "I want to feel messed after half a pint." I would far prefer a more complex ale with way less alcohol content, which overpowers it all. I dare anybody to drink 3 of these & prefer it over 3 normal Fullerís ale. Give me a glass of quality brandy or even wine over this beer. This special edition high alcohol beers brewed just to be "unique" are really trivial.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Golden body with a rapidly dissipating white head. Caramel malts, wood and grass on the nose. Very nice mouthfeel - smooth with a good level of carbonation. The taste is a symphony of caramel, honey, spices and berries, but seems to be lacking something that would push it over the edge into a masterpiece. Iím sure a few years in a cellar would work wonders for this.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
it poured out golden oarnge with a semi white head that was partially bubbly. it laced around the glass and the head fell slowly but was rather thin to start out, probally would of lasted longer if i poured it just right. the flavour is immaculate. it is malty, but very hoppy but not to bitter or to sweet, the brewmaster knew what he was doing. the aroma is that of the forest after a good rain when plants are creating pollen in the spring, very nice. the flavour is full bodied and yeasty. its piny, citrusy, sweet, and bitter, my senses are going nuts. the alcohol content is hidden beatutifully with the right choice of hops and malts, and what ever yeast they used. nothing but great things to say about this brew, and now i have one in my beer cellar for some time to age.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt orange body with a thick light head. Very bubbly. Aroma is more consistent with that of a pilsner than an ale with quite a bit of sweetness on the nose. Flavor is also a bit sweet. Very easy to drink, but that is because the flavor is not to overwhelming with just a bit of bitter flavor. Carbonation is not as noticeable on the palate as expected from the appearance.
haggis03a3 (163) - Piedmont, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red copper color, a little cloudy, and a light tan, creamy head. Aroma: caramel, sweet, fruit, spices, cola. Full bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Some astringency and bitterness, flavor lingers.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500ml. Surprisingly light aroma, with sweet dried dark fruits coming through. Pours a clear dark coppery colour with a small off-white head. I know I should have waited, but I just had to try my first 2007. Unfortunately, I found it very sweet and syrupy; almost like an uncooked Christmas pudding mix (do you remember scraping out the mixing bowl after your Mum had decanted the mixture?). The alcohol is warming but overwhelming, at present. Iíve bought a case of the 2007 Vintage and I am sure that they will improve with age. I doubt whether I will be opening another bottle before Christmas 2008!
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When my family left England, they should have brought a case of this over. Granted they left in 1682, but Iím still faulting their lack of foresight.
Great big caramel nose, taste and finish. A lovely palate of dried fruits, maybe raisin. Lovely.
mannika (140) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle #05425. Pours bright amber with little to no head. Aroma is actually a bit malty, with a bit of a yeasty smell as well. Picked up on a bit of spices as well, almost like cinnamon. Flavour is spicy, and lacks the complexity I was expecting. Bitter clean finish. In truth, Iím quite disappointed with this. I suppose I will have to let this age a bit, but I remember the 2006 being significantly better even without aging.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle # 132656. Excellent pour with a foamy beige head and amber/orange transparent color. Decent lacing as head collapsed over 5 minutes or so. Slightly chemical aroma, but mostly just a pungent hop presence with hints at fruit/sweet. Flavor explodes in the mouth with sweetness, finishing with a light bitterness with some grainy flavors. Nice lingering finish. Fun beer to drink, but not what Iíd reach for first on my shelf.