beerguy101 (5357) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eclipse dark red color. No head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruits, malts and dried fruits. A medium to full bodied strong ale. Malts are very fruity and very sweet. There are touches of wood and caramel, but its mostly rich malts and dark fruits. It reminds me of a sherry more than anything else. Very smooth tasting. Thick and if not for some tartness it would be cloyingly sweet. As it is, it’s a nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what vintage I sampled; the beer was most likely bottled in the late 1990s. Poured dark red, similar to red grape juice, with a thin tan head. Syrupy fruitiness, woody notes, and yeast evident in the aroma along with alcohol. Flavor was fruity and woody, finished by fairly strong bittering hops. Some caramel. Alcohol was notable. I found the flavor profile too muddled for my liking, and the mouthfeel was rough.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer was too sweet. Flavor of a dark chocolate syrup with a hint of raisons. Sweet and unsatisfying. Strong stringent aroma of chocolate and pine bark. Nice color but poor palate. Someone who appreciates a dark strong beer would appreciate this one.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottle. Aroma of cocoa and licorice root. Mahoganey colored, with no head. Flavor of caramel and toffee with some plum notes. Very still, and sweet, almost cloying.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep dark amber garnet color with a very small tan head. The aroma is hoppy and shows a bit of alcohol. The flavor is quite woody and sweet, dark dried fruits, not very hoppy, and warming. The palate is nice and sticky. Overall, this is quite nice. Not knowing the vintage by looking at the bottle, I suspect I have a somewhat aged bottle since I really detect very little bitterness. I would really categorize this as a Barley Wine, but ESA works too.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 AD Bottle: whiskeylike and tree bark aroma, cloudy ruby colored, very woody and candylike with a nice warming alcohol effect and a sticky mouthfeel
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy reddihs brown hue with a small off-white head and good lace. The aroma hinted of vailla, wood, barnyard yeast, hay and grassy, Fuggles hops, and ripe fruit. The taste was sweet with a large alcohol component. Vanilla and wood upon the finish. Minor bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was sticky yet watery, too soft for the style. This beer is good but not great.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good English Storng Ale. Caramel, sweet, and fruity flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and creamy.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, black licorice notes. Enjoyed the warming strength of this beer and its sweet complexities.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark, sparkling clear, crimson ale.
The complex nose offers notes of dark raisins, prune, and port among other unidentified, wonderful aromas.
The flavor is very sweet and malty with lots of vineous notes, prune, raisins and other dark fruits. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice and dry at the wee end.