mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very fruity beer. Dark brown in color. Yeasty. Very complex maltiness.
Rich and complex beer. Enjoyable.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Intense, still cider of multiple fruit…Acid yeast and dusty caramel do not embellish this moment…Chaotic and corky...Am I a victim of Gale’s mini-cork once again?...And again?...And again?...
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is a boring clear ruby brown color with no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma, complex maltiness: apples, oranges, pears, plums, peaches together with big toffee flavours and some caramel. Taste is surprisingly tart, is this a bad bottle? Red apples, pears, brown sugar, not too well melted together. No balancing bitterness, light medicinal bananas and moisture qualities. Sharp thin body, especially for a barley wine, no carbonation to speak of. Probably another bad bottle due to their silly corks which made it pretty much a "Miss" in the Hit or Miss balance.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crikey! (as the British say). This beer's quite unusual, which is par for the course when it comes to Gale's Ales. There is a foamy head, that quickly thins. The color is murky, muddy brown, like the Mississippi River. Some small black yeast flecks have just settled at the bottom of my glass. The 12% is extremely well-hidden. Flavorwise, this is a tour-de-force. This is a sweet, very malty brew with lots of bite. It's a touch Belgian Strong Ale with some dried fruit and chocolate present in the background. The English hops are mild and not all that assertive compared to the alcohol and malt. I have no idea how the draft version of this beer could be 4.5% abv without some serious watering down. As for the Queen, given that I've lived in the UK for 5 years, I think I'm entitled to an opinion: I'm ready for her to step down and give her son some time on the throne. I feel she's hogging it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost brown color with no head. Dried fruits and malt dominate the flavor, like a malty fruitcake. Somewhat chocolate dryness that was also sweet. Rich and complex.
3fourths (8980) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Deep bloudy burgundy color with out any sign of a head. The aroma consists of spoiled apples and bananas, and a sugar and alcohol syrup; quite sweet. Thick and uncarbonated mouthfeel, initially sweet with a bouquet of fruit and flowers, turning to a nutty and woody finish with considerable bittering hops. An interesting experience, with a very smoky lingering finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale clouded reddish amber appearance, no head formation. Strong fruity, woody, sherry aroma. Sweet syruoy, fruity flavor, very sherryish with noticeable woodiness. Slight unmatured green apple bite in the finish, but remains unmistakeably sweet throughout.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat, clear orangey-red-copper colour. Looks like except for the no head thing.
Really salty Marmite aroma which isn't particularly pleasant. Vague dried apricots and yoghurt aroma in the background.
Thick, viscous body but pretty lean. Not sweet, but salty, acidic, alcoholic and slightly bitter. Leafy hop flavour with a spiritous, nutty character.
Took me over 3 hours to drink it but by the end it had grown on me - I had considered tossing it pretty early on.
Ungstrup (33387) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottled] The aroma is a lot like portwine, sweet with notes of wood, prunes, and plums. The color is reddish and it has no head, even though it gave a high fizz when the cork was lifted. The flavor is also very sweet with a wood background and earth, prunes, and plums notes combined with alcohol. The flavors last for a very long time. The flavor also reminds me a lot of portwine.
mribm (459) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
9.3 oz. Bottle. Poured with no headand very little carbonation. Smelled like malt, prunes and alcohol. Tasted like sweet burnt prunes with a strong alcohol finish. I didn't like this beer very much.