AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great dark black/ruby, with a nice fluffy head. aroma is of burnt biscuity malt with a hint of vanillin oak. once in the mouth, a strongish oak woodyness takes control from the start, with slight cherry and passionfruit flavour and burnt toast, and smokey malt also present. very dry astringent oakyness towards end of palate.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 "How about bliss? Bliss on tap!" Oh Johnny Tarr... Pours a deep, dark, chocoalte brown with very little head. A very nutty and malty aroma. The taste reminds me of Scotch. Oak left its mark on this beer. Wood and vanilla are the prevailing tastes. I could drink this all the time. Re-Rate: This has been on my list to revisit for a long time, finally got around to it. Most of it’s the same, but there is a severely bitter taste to it. The nuts and an almost sour taste stand out more this time. Still an outstanding brew. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate, 10/18/07. Okay, I loved this beer originally, but I knew it had dropped off in quality, so I wanted to try it again. Dark red color with a thick head. Caramelly malt aroma and a little sour oak. Grainy malt. Very sweet, but a little roasted malt towards the finish. Light oak. Not nearly as complex as either it used to be or I thought at the time.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice nose, very sweet finish. Beautiful color, little head. Spicy with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. It's good, but it doesn't strike me as a true Ale.
piscator34 (2015) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with ruby hints. Strong aroma of malt, sweet berry fruits, and apple. Very malty flavor, with some hops. Fruity, spicey, and some suggestion of coffee and chocolate. Long finish. 2000 vintage.
heemer77 (5133) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has apple, coffee, barley and little chocolate. The flavor is less complex. Lots of coffee and some bitterness from the light hops at first. The hop taste comes on as you drink more and ads complexity. Then it smooths out again as you get toward the end. Very dark, slight red body. Smooth and silky. This would be good to have a few. I am impressed.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark red brown. Choclate and winy aroma with lots of malt. Very nice balance between bitterness, hops, malt and sweetness. GREAT beer!
Reid (1985) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought in the pint bottle, old fashioned, narrow neck, wide body.
The beer pours a deep ruby red into my Imperial dimpled pint mug..very small head that dissapears fast..leaving forelorn wisps atop the pint.
A nice mellow aroma combining mostly coffeeish malts and hints of hops..nice.
mmmm this is certainlly a nice "kick back" ale,nicelly mild, but with enough background flavour to impress..mostly nice smooth malts backed up with a very tasty hopiness for an English ale..it is like most English ales of this ilk..balanced, which I love in a beer.
Very nice and smooth beer on the palate.
Exceptionally drinkable..very good.I recommend it.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sweet floral hop aromas, fresh cut flowers with a sweet fresh aroma.
dark port/cola colour with fine coffee coloured head.
very complex flavours, slightly fruity with refreshing hop flavour and complex spicy alcohol flavours.
smooth yet light bodied, not thin, with drying bitterness.
very complex beer, some flavours and aromas beg description from me, a really great beer that i'd love to cellar for a year or four.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasty flavors of caramel, chocolate, coffee and some hops. Slightly bitter with a piney finish.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown color with a very small off-white head. Very woody aroma with some caramel. Nice rich flavors of wood and roasted malt. Slightly bitter hops aftertaste.