Choos (562) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 Bottled: Aroma is slightly roasted toffee and a hint of hops (bet they're Goldings). Geat looking clear darker orange/gold with a nice holding head but comes in a daft clear bottle. Roasty notes and toffee (not butterscotch) are in the forefront of this with a fantastic clean bitterness following. Nice mouthfeel not too thick so you could drink stacks of this and magnificently lightly carbonated. On tap I have found some of the roasted toffee notes seem to be a bit more spikey honey like and a lot of the aroma is killed off by the nitrogen/co2 gas but if kept till it warms up is still fantastic.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It all started with Walt - I finally steered him away from Killian's and showed him the malty goodness of Aventinus. He decided to be a bit daring and bought a 6-pack of this. "so, what rating did you give it" Well, I know I've had this before, but look - I haven't rated it! So, he brings a bottle to me the next day and says "This is awful - it's too bitter, just bad" O.k. - I know Walt isn't a fan of hops (yet), but I don't remember this beer being all that hoppy. So I take it home and chill it. I open and pour it - from across the room my wife exclaims "My gawd, that is one Skunky Beer!" "Well, my darling, take a look at this beautiful bottle - nice and clear so that the light gets in and ruins my beloved little hops!" Tastes like acid and copper pennies before turning worse. I dump what's left. Part 2 - Deteremined not to let Walt's adventurous spirit be crushed by bad beer, I buy a 4 pack of this in the 16oz widget can and give a can to him. He reports back that, yes, it's not too bad. I pour it and have my wife smell it (without revealing it's identity). "ooooooh, this is really caramelly!" Yup - great aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malts and even cookies followed by a very subtle hop. The only problem is that the widget can, as always, causes the palate to be watery and thin. Let this be a lesson - if you're tutoring a Beer Jedi, keep them away from the clear bottles until they understand the risks! (My rating is an average of the 2 experiences)
drywallman (320) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is one of the last from my Christmas gift collection, and may taste differently fresh. It was stored in the fridge on its side, since it was too tall for the beer area. Sediment on the side of the bottle was then noticeable. The bottle was opened after being put upright on the table, and giving the sediment a minute to settle. A lot of carbonation was present, and the foam started to leave the bottle. I quickly proceeded with the pour and wound up with a normal size off white head on top of a slightly cloudy amber brew. It smelled mostly of malt and a slight sugary scent. The palate was adequately full, but not overly full. It was sweet malt at the beginning, neutral in the middle, and then dry but not quite citrus hops hitting you at the end. An enjoyable beer, but nothing real special.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 <i>Original Rating, August 6, 2003:</i> Definitely a good session ale. A nice clean taste, but nothing terribly special. 6/3/6/3/12 <i>Re-rate, November 2008:</i> Bottle. Copper color with a medium head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malt with a bit of green apple. Light skunk taste for the first couple of sips, moving into a dry malt and a modestly earthy hop finish.
ross (2020) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
a good english ale. when i first broke the 500 ml bottle open, it smelled somewhat skunky, but that odor was replaced by a ggood aroma which came from the glass. a good beer, a great tasting beer, and one of the finer english ales i have had.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In its cask form this is a very pleasant beer but in a bottle it seems to lose its uniqueness. Pleasant aroma on opening but what follows is not as good as you expected.Slightly fruity
taste that soon leads to blandness with little to make it stand out from lots of others.
Sold as a premium beer which begs the question, why?
haukur (1164) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 very nice! Very typical ale but very drinkable, not a very complex ale, but a nice one to enjoy [re-rate] now my favorite session beer, just great all around beer ..
Eirikur (362) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUL 17, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite nice , would like to feel a bit more carbonation though. To me it is a typical english ale .
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Judging by the clear glass bottle, it seems Morland realize the deep amber hue of their pale ale makes for an attractive selling feature. Appealing smells of vinyl and skunk waft out of the glass, followed by traces of confectionery sugar and meringue. Straight from the fridge, the hop-dominated brew begins a little thin, filling out with a pleasant but characterless bitterness towards the middle and end. By the end of the pint, after it’s warmed up, more intriguing, complex flavours emerge such as wood and broccoli stalk. A fairly nice beer that shows significantly better at close-to room temperature.
waveman352 (178) - Glens Falls, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bad after taste, not the greatest beer in the world, definate english tasting beer.