hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
SOUR!!! Smelled great, tasted like crap. There were some nice flavors in there, but the lactic sourness left an overall (sigh) poor impression.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet caramel scent. Hazy red shade, almost no head. Wow, port, strong fruit-cake flavour, raisins especially. Warm from beginning to end. Takes on a wine like feel. Superb.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the 1997 bottle. Very complex and not for the faint of heart. Vinous, with notes of chocalate. My guess is you’ll either love it or hate it. But it is, without question, one of the great beers of England. Wine lovers will flip for this beer!!
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2002
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
1999 bottle. I bought it on ’special’ for $1.49. Should have known better. Spoiled. Would like to try some that has been well taken care of.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Full,... Very Full! I liked it a lot. Want to age some,... re-rate in a couple. 6,4,8,4,16
re-rate 12-4-05: A ’96 bottling. WOOHOO! So there is nothing left in this bottle as far as life goes. This is dead. Pours a syrupy deep brown with no CO2. Aroma is a beautiful mix of horse blanket and vanilla with a big wallop of gracefully aged sherry. The body is lifeless and syrupy. Acidity is at a very high level in this bottle and it does take away some of the maltiness that the beer did once have but has been striped of. No hops alcohol is very diminished and the overall experience is much like sipping a fine prot, which I guess is the goal. Nice beer but I would like to try one that is carbonated.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the standout beer that I was hoping for after a great day of surfing. Murky brown appearence with virtually no head. The aroma is intensely vinous. Almost lambic like witha sour cherry nose. The beer is thin bodied and feels flat and oily on the palate. The flavour is interesting, reminding me of a lambic. I would like more hops, carbonation, and body for the style, so I was not too impressed with this beer.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle was 1996. I have been sitting on this beer for a while, and I finally opened it. It is a fairly complex beer with multiple flavors going on including bitter apples. I really liked this strong ale dispite others ratings. Hey, if you are buying beer that is corked (wine style), you better be expecting a beer with very little carbonation (or the cork would blow), and therefore head retention would also be altered, but hey, I like this beer.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut brown in color with mild hop bitterness. Very, perhaps even an overly oaky taste. Also a very winelike on the palate. Not very impressive.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Headless. Funky aromas of butterscotch, caramel, wine casks, and seaweed. Fruity and lightly nutty throughout. Very mellow.
Stefano99 (19) - Ghezzano (Pisa), ITALY - DEC 29, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just like George Gale Trafalgar ale