vtafro (2784) - 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 (1496) - 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 doesnít 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, itís much lighter in body and strength than youíd expect from the style.
Unfortunately, it also has a pretty unforgiving finish of oxidized, bitter, rotten beer. Itís 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 (1464) - 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 (3738) - 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 (126) - 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 (2727) - 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 canít place my finger on it quite but there is something a touch off in this beer; the balance is just weird or something and thereís nothing especially good about it to make up for it. Itís an OK beer but no more.
BiddleBrau (913) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOtM selection. Malty toasty nose with hint of hops. Hops play prominent roll in this brew but toasty malts provide good back-up. Hop flavor is a bit cloying reminding you of their recent passing over the tongue. Not overly carbonated so you get a full coating on the tongue.
RobertDale (3270) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from by beer of the month club. Pours a clear copper with a decent biege head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee, and a bit of hops. Nice to sip on.
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn, really surprised I liked this as much as I do! Last shipment of "Beer of the Month Club" and my experience was mostly disappointing; this beer is a rare example of something I actually enjoy. Reminds me of a rye ipa with some spiciness. I like it.