JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very generous head, subtle fruitiness, well-rounded flavor. Very easy to drink, you might forget it’s a ’strong ale.’ Crisp finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep brown, nice beige head, and lots of lace. Sweet fruity nose and Ringwood yeast is quite noticeable, malts also right there. Start sweet, middle creamy fresh, and a quite pleasant bitter almost dry finish. Thanks Venom
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2001
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep Purple color; medium head that goes to bed early; Lots of yummy plum in the nose. To the eyes an nose, this beer was beautiful, but the burnt malt was way overboard. No discernable sweetness except for a bit of chocolate at the end. Cheers to VENOM for the sample.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze body with a good head. Nice aroma of fruitiness and alcohol. Ringwood yeast is very apparent with a soft maltiness and tingling hop bite. Thinnish at first sip but develops a creamy toffee maltiness amid the buttery fruitiness. Hampshire Special Ale, knocked down a peg.
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice Winter Warmer, on the hoppy side. I felt the bittering was somewhat coarse, either from high alpha hops or from hard water. Improves somewhat with age, but takes on a haze (which I felt indicated it hadn’t had the life filtered out of it).