Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Marsonthemoon. Dark brown, really nice and deep. Scattered lacing. The aroma is big on spicy dark malts, alcohol late and mainly as it warms. The flavors are pumpernickel crust. Surprisingly dry for such a malt-heavy beer, and the illusion of nutmeg makes it seem as astringent and tannic as it does. Soft palate and generally well-constructed. A "mild" younger sister for Ubu would be wonderful.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown and a little bit muddy. There is only a thin wisp of head. The aroma is malty with some dark fruit accents mimicking English yeast, Fuller’s wouldn’t actually surprise me at all. There are caramel notes in the malt, balanced by light plums and dark fruit. The sweetness is balanced slightly by the high alcohol and a lightly chocolatey character. Good ale when I had it years ago, and now it tastes a little old school but still good ale.
Voodoo (242) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a nice dense head. Quite flavorful with a touch of raisins, toffee and a light bittering. Admittedly smooth and almost crisp, not the norm for an English Strong. Nicely put together.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with half inch cream head. Aroma is toasted malt and toffee. Flavor is dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate. Very solid.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick mahogany body with a thin toasted caramel colored head. Nut caramel and toffee malting oozes off the body, soon leading to flavors of sharp brown malt, caramel nut, and some alcohol.
60minuteman (560) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a root beer brown. Aroma mostly malt, some bread, a bit sweet. Taste is vanilla and cream. Some toffee as well. Good finish...some hops and light bitterness.
NielsenRatings (8084) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in hotel room, Ithaca. Clear, deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Toasty, caramel malty, somewhat nutty aroma. A touch fruity (apple, pear), burnt toffee, caramel malty flavor. Not bad.
cbooth (12) - Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from 6 pack purchased at Price Chopper in Canton, NY. Pours a very dark amber just barley translucent when help up to light. Thin temporary head. Subtle aroma. Taste is nutty malt up front crispier bitter hoppy finish. Not usually a big fan of English-style ales but this is spectacular!
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a darker brown with a tan head that doesnt last.Smells and tastes of caramel, roasty, nuts, floral, raisin, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, not bad but nothing over the top special,
cleverlobo (304) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; dark brown with red hues and medium brown head; aroma-coffee, caramel, floral, mildly roasty; taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter, long finish. This is great