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 (10426) - 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.
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a mahogany color with a light, tight, tan head and some lacing. Aroma was vinous, fruity and some alcohol. Tastes of grapes, plums, dates, caramel and mild hoppiness with an alcohol bite, with a sweet mouthfeel.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lacey head which is slightly tan. Dark ruby hue. Malty flavor mingles caramel with chocolate and has smooth flavor. Delicious but a little watery on finish. Slightly hoppy on finish but barely noticeable.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pleasant and enjoyable beer. Dark mahoghany in color. Lasting white head. Malty and fruity. Good beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Deep mohogany color with a lasting thin tan head. Pleasant light carbonation. Malty and fruity nose with notes of carmel and alcohol. Big malty flavor with a strong carmel note at the beginning, and a lingering pleasant hop haftertaste. Nice bit of stickyness present as well. Good beer.
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Vintage - Dark ruby with light tan head. Distinctive molases and caramel aroma with a hint of raisin. Creamy sweet taste with a light long lasting bitter finish. Very Enjoyable.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Vintage - Clear dark ruby color with a minimal tan head. Big molasses and caramel aromas. The flavors are very sweet and syrupy. Hop bitterness develops after the swallow. Big syrupy body with minimal carbonation. Very nice bee overall. At first I wasn't so sure but it has really grown on me.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Another huge UK Christmas beer. The English do these right, much better than we do in the US. Our Christmas beers are generally overhopped and unimaginative. This one may be heavily hopped, but they are perfectly balanced by malt. This one is good, it is rich, dark, thick, and plummy like a Christmas plum pudding. I can taste the breeding in this brew.