shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Very nice color and head. The aroma shows off the malt that waits. The flavor is very malty with a slighty odd finish that makes it less than perfect.
RERATE: On tap at the Brewpub. Better than I remembered, althought I have had this beer by the case in the past. Perhaps it is benefiting from being fresh and on tap rather than a bottle that has been on a store shelf a little too long. It definitely fits the character of an english strong ale with the malt character on center stage.
Ron (2314) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flour city brew fest draft. Had a decent body, but did not enjoy the bitter ending.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 A beer that was reportedly sent to the White House at the then President Clinton’s request. All I can says is that is wife was a bitch and his girlfriend a slut and I think that he had better taste in women than he had for beer. Opaque and brown in color. Small off white head. Aroma of beer, malty and slightly sweet. No much of a flavor at all, only bubbles and bitterness. Dry bitter finish. Not one I’d care to repeat.
VTHopHead (1492) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at VT Brewers Fest - Pours a deep copper/reddish color with an scant light tan head that does not hold up long. Aroma is slightly fruity and malty with some hop. Flavor is of both malt and bitter hops and faint smokines. Although a strong ale, alcohol is not apparent. Finish is bitter, but not long lasting. Overall an OK beer, but not outstanding..
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a darker mohogany with a silky off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma has a great balance of maltiness with a good hop backing. Taste starts malty and sweet and as it progresses it develops a almost leather like aftertaste. Slightly smoked flavor and a good hop presence at the end to balance out the flavor. I was very impressed with this brews smoothness, thanks for sending this one out here to oregon Dan!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost red color with aromas of spicy, malt and smoke. Taste is mostly molasses, malt and hop bitterness. Vey smooth taste and a bitter dry finish.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Brewtopia ’04
Clear, deep mahogany color. Good lacing. Malty with a slightly smoky aroma. Over this has a malty profile with a slightly bitter hop finish. Not a bad beer, but not up to an English Strong Ale IMO.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brewtopia’04. Reddish-brown, clear; fluffy head. Earthy aromas, bready. Not much to body for a strong ale. Alcohol not very prominent. Tasty but too mild, I thought, and falling short of the mark.
argo0 (11166) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(brewtopia04) Clear brown body with foamy tan head. Aroma is mild sweet, herbal, toasy, peaty. Taste is mild sweet, herbal/earthy, peaty. Light-medium body, somewhat watery.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet carmelized sugar and fruit in the aroma. Dark brown but very clear with light tan head that recedes to cover. Sherry-like and malty sweet with just a touch of bitterness to take the edge off. Medium-light body. Somewhat thin. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004).