Jow (2091) - New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Maverick34 (2213) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from stags head. Light brown pour. Tgin white head with lacing. Fruit and caramel. Light bitters. Pretty decent
Beerathon (1141) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely light aroma with some hints of carmelized sugar. Pours a deep brown color with thick cream head. Smoky, roasted caramel, malt flavor.
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wlajwl (3814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sneezey (129) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.