gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating 1997 edition: this is my first experience with aged beer. pours almost black with no head. has an alcohol bite to it yet it is still very smooth. has a nice sweetness to it with a some what dry finish. an excelent beer.
Indra (2571) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, this has that typically English Strong aroma that I love. Lightly buttery, cider, sweet fruit-punch malt, definite vinous notes, and a touch of alcohol. In direct sunlight, this beer looks like a scrumpy or possibly like rusty, muddy river water. Head is nonexistent, as is any effervescence. Dark, fruity, sweet malt dominates the flavor profile, with some apple butter, cinnamon, butterscotch, and an interestingly tart note right at the finish that persists for a while. A somewhat different English Strong/Old Ale. Tastes and feels cask-conditioned, even though it was a bottle. I have a feeling this is at least 3 years old, possibly 4 or 5.
rauchbier (3560) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2000. Chestnut, no head and almost flat. Alcohol dominates the nose, body is syrupy and has a suggestion that it has been matured in one of those wooden barrels that previously held sherry and whisky before getting slightly sour and vinous in the finish
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
mild aroma, no head, vinous and alcohokic. creamy and delicous. syrupy and very different. I was slightly worn out at this point because like Zach this was number 13 on a very hot day.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
there’s nothing finer than peeling away wax and finding the bottle corked! no head at all, way too sweet and overpowering alcohol, couldn’t even finish it, but it was my 13th different beer of the day
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of strange little brew, quite unique. quite an acidic, dark fruit and mineraly, vinegar flavour. also quite fizzy, also tasted a bit of berries in there aswell, strange and unique, pretty darn good.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2003 (1996) Deep opaque brown. No head at all. Some yeast chunks. Superb nose of syrup, caramel, sherry,some oaky sourness and wisps of grainy malt. Thin to medium bodied but a body that holds a boatload of immense flavors. Very vinous feel and taste, lots of oak character, carmelly/toffee malt base. Finish reveals more oak, sherry and a long wonderful finish that does not quit. Quite unique and damn tasty.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 bottle: Very noticable malt/black fruit flavor. No head on this bad boy at all. Great with a Romeo y Julietta Cigar.
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity and vineous with hints of oak and sherry. Shame the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. As for taste, though, this beer is a winner.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A really weird beer! Almost still, and the murkiest brown color this side of Loch Ness. Not as malty or hoppy as expected for its style. Perhaps this is more of a barleywine? Oddly sour.