johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
98 Vintage. Nice vintage ale with a strong dark finish including chocolatey and coffee malts. Deep and satisfying.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown. Aroma of caramel and wood. Flavor of caramel, tea, wood, mild cola, and a slight smoke. Pretty good but that slight tea flavor I seem to get from a lot of english ales distracts me.
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled vintage 2000. a very pleasant beer which was suprising from greene king (no offence GK but, lets be honest, there are much better brewers/beers around). anyway, pours with an inch of head which disperses. a very dark but reddish beer which is malty and fruity, very easy to drink, despite the abv., and not overly sweet. will definately buy again.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby brown hue. Soft delicate pale tan head. Woody, wine nose. Notes of oak, cherry, rusty iron, madeira, Flemish-like, malt, faint wine. Subtle tartness, gentle mouthfeel. Faintly bitter, with a sweet and sour, peppery bite, iron, lingering finish. By far one of the best old ales that has ever crossed my palate.
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet colored with a tiny head. Malty, woody, fruity aroma with hints of molassas, toffee, licorice and whiskey. Smooth, full-bodied flavor. Taste yields a fruity mixture of grapes, apples, and plums with a little bit of spicyness to add to the complexity. Finishes with a malty sweetness.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose on this brew is excellently like scotch. POurs a dark almost black color with a nice off tan head that quickly dies off. Nose is of scotch raspberries and cherries. However the palate doesn’t match the brew. It is slightly too carbonated and slightly too watery. Honestly needs more alcohol. Flavors of chickory, stewed cherries and malty goodness. Good brew but a better example is the North Coast Old Stock Ale
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Chocolate. Toffee. A bit tart or bitter. Very good overall
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint bottle, goblet, 2/19/03 bottle. Large, creamy, off-white head is diminishing and leaves no lacing. Cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee malt (H); flower and perfume hops (L); raisin, plum, prune, cask wood, and brown sugar aromas. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic finish becomes a moderately bitter, moderately acidic, moderately sweet finish. Finish is very vinous. Medium body, watery texture, average carbonation, metallic aftertaste. The bottom line is: flavor and mouthfeel were a let down.
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 Vintage. Thanks to Oakes and mr_kimchee. Orange/red hazy, with a burnt butter creamy short head. Roasted malt aroma. Medium creamy body. Brown and burnt sugars predominate. Biscuity malts. Not enough of the oak carried through on this one. Definite apples or odd cider tendancy. Fruit tart. Caramel and peppery. Raisin. Well balanced with a bitter, refreshing finish.
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2003 bottle. Good chestnut brown color, clear unfortunately, but quite pleasantly colored. Good violet/brown tinges around the edges, and a good yellowish head. Smells like light oak, prunes, figs, light maple and brown sugar. Flavor is lightly sweet, dry oak, tart cherries, caramel, toffee, quite complex stuff here! The oak is just noticeable enough. A bit dry and lifeless on the finish, but a wonderful old ale, to be sure. Medium to medium full body, some thinning on the end.