caesar (5324) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown color, shortlasting head. Syrupy, caramelly perfume. Caramelly malts in the taste, together with liquorice and syrup. Not the best christmas ale i’ve had, actually one of the worst.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of these syrupy concoctions of the Brits - I poured this one into a snifter...there’s something gross about pouring a full bottle of headless brown fluid into say, a pilsener or pint ale glass. The color is, like peat bog brown. I rather liked this beer. It packs the expected heavy malt punch. Mine must have been old ’cause hops were definitely in the background, whereas the description says heavily hopped. Low carbonation. The bottle says to check the bottle cap for dates, etc., but my cap said CKN, not terribly helpful. I bought it in summer so I know its not new. Anyway, I like these sweet, strong English ales to be lightly hopped so I was happy. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, prunes (call ’em dried plums), and orange peel complement the maltiness. Finishes w. enough hoppiness to clean the palate. Pretty good.
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with a creamy tan head,decent lace.clear dark copper color.perfumy aroma,some licorice in the nose.Sweet up front and on through to the finish,slick and oily on the tongue.Needs some bittering hops in the finish to balance the sweetness.Oh yea! Whats up with the 9oz. bottle?Its only an 8%er.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Though I was drinking this year’s vintage, it struck me as a being a bit still. No worries though, as it was in fine condition--tangy nose giving way to a wonderfully complex flavor. Notes of almonds, caramel, walnuts, and cherries come together beautifully, with just a hint of bitterness to balance out its pleasant sweetness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2000 edition: Syrupy sweet, and thick like treacle. Hard to get a head on this beer. Fairly complex with some fruity notes. Very nice. My label had color in it and featured some sort of Virgin and Jesus depiction.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity raisin taste. Good stuff.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 Same body as their Elizabethan Ale but fruitier (all sorts of berries, cherries, grapes)...Same down side also...Every flavor plummets in the end...Very oxidation prone, as salt and vanilla sometimes mix unpleasantly...
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of raisins in te aroma. Very sweet taste with raisins and porto. Alcohol present, but well hidden. Syrupy, thick and oily. Perfect winter warmer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet and syruppy, elegance is a word that never springs to mind with this beer (although it did just then, didn’t it?) but its just to raisiny, sticky and syruppy, leaves an Ok flavour in your mouth, a bit sweet for me.