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Hampshire has a huge toasted malt flavor balanced by assertive hoppiness. The finish is long and lingering with the malt and hop notes blending with alcohol warmth. Two row English malts (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood and East Kent Golding hops.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2091) - New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tap at the Stagshead. pours clear amber with subtle nose. You get some english qualities for sure. tastes of earth, nutty, leaves, caramel, light peat. creamy and light bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Draft from stags head. Light brown pour. Tgin white head with lacing. Fruit and caramel. Light bitters. Pretty decent

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1141) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Oh, this is complex and good. Orangish/copper in color. Thin head with slight lacing. The toasted malts are smooth and sweet all over the tongue and mouth.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Well some of it. Amber pour with tan head. Aroma is controlled by malt and spice tones. Flavor is malt driven, quite one dimensional, and has a bit if oxidation and off flavors. Not quite sure how long this sat.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Extremely light aroma with some hints of carmelized sugar. Pours a deep brown color with thick cream head. Smoky, roasted caramel, malt flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Although the label is pretty unattractive (this bottle has been sitting in my "to review" fridge for about a year now because it doesn’t look very tempting), it looks much better in the glass. It has a somewhat clear body of a dark orange/slightly amber color with an off-white colored head and moderate carbonation. Its aroma is just about as expected from its appearance: slightly sweet/caramelized, with hints of possible spices and a candy-like, fruity stickiness that reminds me of licorice, but without the anise-like character. Although this is considered to be an English Strong Ale, it’s much lighter in body and strength than you’d expect from the style. Unfortunately, it also has a pretty unforgiving finish of oxidized, bitter, rotten beer. It’s pretty smooth on the palate (for a while), but then an awkwardness strikes. Such a shame. About halfway through a glass your palate starts to adjust to it. Its flavor is somewhat sweet, but mostly, well... like a sweet, lightly creamy English pub ale. Unfortunately the alcohol is well masked - otherwise, that would probably have helped this taste a little better. Maybe.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Strong roasted caramel malt aroma. Red-amber, clear, tan head. Semisweet, dried out malt taste with reasonable contrast. Pretty thick, with some boozy character as might be expected from this type of beer. Good Maine drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Aroma is malts, an undercurrent of fruit and a sharp, hard to describe element. The flavor is dark fruit, very nutty/pecans and a hoppy/fruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneezey (129) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Very good ale, nice flavorful hops without some of the odd citrus flavors that would spoil a strong ale. Could be even stronger, but probably right for the style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
I was expecting this to be a special bitter based on the name but, while it definitely has an English character, it is way stronger than a special bitter. It pours a clear amber w/ little head. Its nose is fruity w/ a lot of caramel and an herbal hop presence. Full bodied but not too sweet w/ earthy hops to finish. I can’t place my finger on it quite but there is something a touch off in this beer; the balance is just weird or something and there’s nothing especially good about it to make up for it. It’s an OK beer but no more.


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