5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours dark brown, very caramel like in its hues, small white film of a head, fairly attractive lacing, with light carbonation. Slight roasty, light chocolate malt like aroma. A bit of alcohol and maple flavored bacon as well. Some hops, some malts, slightly chalky on zee tongue. Light body, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Finishes with a bland bitterness, slightly malty. This one doesn’t fit the bill as an English Strong Ale. Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!
BBB63 (6527) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6485) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2011 This beer came in my beer club. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was a lovely mix of sweet malts, chocolate and ripe fruit. The flavor was sweet and malty with a light roasty undertone and notes of chocolate brownies and ripe fruits. The mouthfeel was fairly thick and smooth. Very nice!
blutt59 (6450) - 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
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured dark clear mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, tart berry fruit and a hint of mustiness. Fair hit of alcohol off the top, then the sweet light roast malt enters, balanced by fruit, average somewhat bitter linger. Very pleasant - average body, a little flat but I guess that’s the style.
Pailhead (6358) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of rudolf via Secret Santa. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, some mustiness, light grass, and a hint of fruit. Pours a hazy brownish-red with a small off-white head with fair retetntion. Starts of with moderate chocolate and caramel, but quickly turns to sour fruitiness in the finish. I doubt the sourness was intended, but I actually kind of like it. Hints of nuttiness in the finish behind all the sourness. If it wasn’t for the nuttiness in the finish, it would somewhat be like a flemish sour. I’m sure this is a "bad" bottle, but I think the sourness probably makes the beer better in my opinion.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours amber/brown with a small ring of white fine bubbles around the rim of the glass. Smells breaddy with some decent rose and grapefruit aromas popping through. Taste is on the nutty side like a brown ale with some mild peppery notes. A bit thin on the mouthfeel for an english strong ale, but very drinkable. A bit bland on the finish. This one has potential, but is not as balanced as other English Strongs I’ve had.
Braudog (6220) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)
mjs (6198) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Poured dark brown and almost clear with medium sized and white head. Aroma was of malts and liquorice. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Tasted of malts, liquorice, sweetness, hops, lightly fruity and bitter. Sweet, malty and lightly bitter aftertaste.
drfabulous (6198) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Matt. Caramel and malt. Cola. Some raisin and dried fruit.