BBB63 (6084) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle acquired from Pessie and served in a Bells Tulip: Pours a deep garnet and murky brown hue with a big fluffy off-white head and left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of crystal toffee malts, pale chocolate, Golden Promise base malt, some EKG and Northdown hops with a light fruity and leathery ester. A bit dusty and cardboardy but that was expected since it was cellared by Joe. When the beer works those seemingly off-notes actually work within the style...
then the taste, actually drier than expected, not as sweet as I would have thought. Light kiss of English bitterness and prevailing cardboard with some oxidization. The issue here is a complete and utter lack of depth that are found in best of genre. Minimal fruity notes, minimal darker malt tones, and really just a lack of earthy "punch". The mouth feel is equally disappointing, much thinner than is expected. This beer appears over attenuated if you ask me. Dry ashy metallic finish. Worse yet the thinness makes the alcohol more noticeable. This beer started with so much promise but flopped when it mattered more, on the palate. I like a nice British styled strong ale as much as anyone so this really made me sad.
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/21/11. 12oz bottle. Dark brown, almost black pour, some ruby under the light, with a small tan head that fades fast and doesn’t lace at all. Big fruity aroma with dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of chocolate. Sweet flavor with a bit of tart fruits, roast, and earthiness. Not bad!
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown with a small white head. Nose is earthy, tobacco and horse. Taste is very malty that’s, sweet, woody, maybe a bit nutty and also… well… “hairy”!?! Something about the taste reminded me of wet fur or something of that nature. Decent beer but I like my beer like I like my women, not too hairy.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, light coffee reddish color with no foam, nutty rye aroma, flavors of coffee, cocoa, sugary caramel
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Smooth drinking brown ale. Malty, slight chocolate. Seemed to be better a couple of years ago though.
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle .. . pours a medium brown .. abv was done well .. mild all around, nothing to special but non offensive .. . mild grain and bread, slick mouthfeel
.. . . sit ubu sit, good dog!
TaktikMTL (5854) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 12 achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de noix et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brune rougâtre. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux beige et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Odeur de caramel, de chocolat ainsi qu’une point de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #654)
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark reddish black color. First description: Wow. Full of licorice and brown sugar, with an almost corn syrupy backdrop. But it’s thick like oil almost and definitely strong. (#5821, 10/10/2014)
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 [2422-20090802] Tap. Berry malt toast aroma. Clear, dark mahogany red body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Mild roast malt grains flavour has more fruit in the background. Full body is quite boozy. Average, a little too rough and boozy. (6/4/6/3/13) 3.2
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)
[5322B-20130430] Tap. Not much aroma. Clear, mahogany brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Milky toasted grains flavour has a lingering bitterness. Medium-full body. Interesting, a little rough around the edges. (5/3/6/3/13) 3.0
(@ brewpub, Lake Placid, NY)
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a red-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy and dirty hops. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and some fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.