notalush (5458) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ZERO carbonation. Looks very murky. Not very inviting. Pleasant aroma of molassas and brown sugar. Taste is very vinous. Slight bitterness up front with some caramel, vanilla extract and plums later on. Flavors continue in a somewhat long finish. Slight maltiness. Complex and VERY wine like. Not sure if it works for me, though.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 1998 draft: Dark red in color, w/ very mall tan head. Red wine aroma, malty, slightly sweet. Flavor is dry, slightly sweet finish, with vanilla and caramel notes. Rather carbonated, with a slight bitterness at the finish. It seems that the aging has helped to balance the flavor, as the alcohol is not quite as pronounced as in the '01.
2001 bottle: Pours a brownish/amber color, with just a slight lacing of head. Aroma had slight citrus notes, with malt and caramel present, and maybe a bit salty as well. Flavor had roasted malts and caramel, with just a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very smooth overall and well balanced. I thought this was quite a good ale, with a complex aroma and flavor. Alcohol was definitely present in the aroma and flavor, but was well balanced and did not dominate the other flavors. I admit this does have lots of wine character, but that doesn't make it bad in my opinion. I really enjoyed this brew.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A muddy brown beer with no head. Port wine aroma, fruits, alcohol. At the tip of the tongue it is sweet which turns to bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue with an almost smokey aftertaste. This is too wine like for me.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2001 Bottle: Pours like wine, looks like and in fact tastes a lot like wine. My feelings are mixed over this beer as I enjoy wine but feel this beer is not a true beer, or is it just good beer? Either way, the appearance is crap but the taste is complex and fruity with a beautiful dry finish. Downfall to me is the price, 5 bucks CDN for 275ml, that is high!
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure what to make of this one. It's not very beery at all. Flat, red-brown. Deep, powerful, sweet dried apple flavour, with a weird acidity. Very winey - similar to Old Suffolk. Dunno whether I like it. Obviously quality, but quality what??
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 On draught at the Moan & Dove Amherst, MA; ’98 Vintage: Well, I’m actually impressed by this brew. Perhaps its cuz its on draught, or perhaps its older, who knows. Murky brownish black looking colour. Nose is mostly dark malts, a little fruity. With warmth this beer becomes oh so seductive. Sweet with tons of dark fruit, cherries are a prominant flavor on the palate. Big malts, medium to full bodied, kinda chewy. Finishes dry and acidic. I love this stuff, and I recommend finding it on draught if u can! I got a few ’98 bottles, when I crack one, Ill add some comments here.
Ive added bottles from ’96 through ’02 to my cellar and I drink one now and again as this has become a favorite of mine over time. The older the better in my opinion.
I just poured an ’01 and its great as well.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 2001 Bottle: Great sour malt nose. No head whatsoever. Some chocolate covered cherry smell as well. Tastes like a glass of wine. It warms you as it goes down. Maybe I opened it too soon. I suppose I should have aged it a couple of years. No hops at all in this beer, or at least I can't taste them. A good and interesting beer, I have never had anything quite like it. No carbonation either.
SilkTork (5433) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 April, 2003 Now that Thomas Hardy’s Ale is no longer made, this is the beer to get hold of. Dark, rich and very complex. This is an Old Ale of immense character. Has the ability to be laid down for many years. Deserves a spanking review of epic proportions, but all I can muster is: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! A private moment of trembling pleasure. [4.2]
Feb, 2012 Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting. 1996 vintage. Milky baby vomit. Opal fruits. Apricots. Pistachio. Flavour is muddled and unsatisfactory. [3.1]
Feb, 2012 Chris O’s FullersGales Tasting. 2006 vintage. Bottom of bottle: yeasty and muddled. Top of bottle: wonderful soft toffee, warm and tasty. Rate for the beer that wasn’t messed up with the yeasty dregs: [4.1]
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 1996. Pleasing to look at, yet need a whole night to ingest true flavor. Soft undertones makes it irresistable, yet very comfortable. Impossible to stop at one. A drink to stay home for; definately a prize--rerated now that my pallete is use to partaking in better fine beers. I recollect on this one often while tasting, so it must be more memorable than my rating reflected.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 #700. 1996 bottle. Not the easy beer to drink, or wait, maybe it is. Delightful...begs out for leather chairs and dusty rooms and overcooked vegetables...all things English. Incredible sour black cherry flavors. Delicious. Musty. Prized. Rubenesque.