joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogony pour, small head. Strong notes of rich pitted fruit, malt, and whiskey. Medium body. Fruity notes, cherry and plums, long sweet aftertaste of prunes. Rich and hearty flavor, very nice, but I just don’t like it as much as it seems I would...
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured dark dark brwown, almost black with a good chocolate head that faded fast.
Aroma of malt, smoke,spice.
Medium thin body wirh a roasty flavor and light fruits .
Taste of chocolate on the palate.
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 From 500ml Bottle.Dark brown in colour,sweet and filled with dark fruits,roasted malt,it should taste great,but it’s not for me.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Deep, dark amber colour. Sweet malt aroma with rustic woody tones. Doesn’t taste like 6%. Rich, satin texture. Malts from start to finish. Unimaginative to score any higher for me.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy brown in color. Firm tan head. Musty aroma with caramel and plum and cardboard. Very soft on the palate with low carbonation. Malty with dark fruit in the flavor, medium body, finishes a little tart with an oaky bitterness. I have read that earth(soil) is placed on the surface of this ale in the oak vats while it ages. Apparently it floats and provides a barrier to the atmosphere.
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Cask. Dark chestnut brown colour, stable head with big bubbles. Malty, fruity, salty flavour. Aftertaste fruity and liquoricy. 6 4 7 3 16
Bottle, 6.0%. Sweet fruity, malty, brown sugar aroma. Very dark brown colour. Stable and creamy light brown head. Nicely refreshing, fruity. roasted flavour. A little green apple which actually balances the flavour 6 3 7 3 17
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting beer. Try it for a change. Purs dark but with little head (from bottle in US). Smeel like fermented lemon peel. Complex flavors, cooked flavor. . seems like theres a fruity (cherry?) flavor waitng to bust forth but it stays subdued making for a very nice drinking experience. very mild after taste.
Stew41 (1811) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 Vintage: dark honey in the glass, looks like golden syrup. Assertive nose, heapsof character; syrupy and honey. Great palate - like a complex red wine. Chocolate and roasted notes. Needs to be drunk over the next 6 months.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled 500ml. Bottle brown color. Large tan head. Sweet malty smell. Creamy medium bodied. Porter-like bitterness throughout with nice lingering aftertaste. Multiple tastings. A very good beer.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2000 bottle in 2004) : Very sweet apple cider protrusions harboring prunes and dark chocolate hints...Dry roastiness is not helped by the thin body and clashes with prominent cider allusions...A sociable old ale which can annoy with its repetitive fruitiness...