Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 Poor head retention, but a much darker colour than the illustration on this page. There was a prevalent hop flavour, and the alcohol was definitely tasteable.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours nice amber with medium sized head that dimished quickly. Aroma is nutty and bready with some malt. Flavor reminds me of a typical amber or brown ale and otherwise fairly nondescript. Not bad, but not as good as many other draught choices wherever they have this one.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear with nice amber orange color. Sweet malts with moldy straw and floral notes.
An odd mouthfeel, nearly flat with a tangy flavor of sweet & sour sauce mixed with Hazelnut coffee creamer. Watery feel. at $8.00 a can here in Japan, one I will NOT have again anytime soon!
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice golden amber in the bottle, poured a sizeable large-bubbled head, but no retention to speak of.
Aromas of hops, a mild maltiness, breadlike overtones, fig-newton like aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel, and a somewhat cidery finish.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Fneh. sweet, hints of bits I would like lurking out of reach. why nitro? fneh, smeh, ackh, harrumpphhhh
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 nitro can, bottle, cask in the UK: all three ways are very different. the nitro one isnt as impressive as the others. i always think their trying to hide something with a nitro can. bottled you get more malty character with a slight bitter finish without that creamy texture covering things up. not really a ’strong ale’ to me .i went to abington where this stuff is brewed and they had just been bought by greene king the brewery was being dimolished for flats, been brewing since the 1700’s....its a crying shame....the bartender gave us these beutiful glasses, on cask its spectacular. go to england and try to find it , its worth it. our versions are okay.
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great ales this one, I always go back to this to get a real sense of what an ale must taste like! Every time I open a bottle it seems better, and I love the frothyness and smooth taste...No I don't work for the "Speckled Hen Co."
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The appearance is average, maybe a tiny bit above. It keeps its carbonation nicely.
Smell: yuck, skunky
Taste: ugh, I want to pour this out. Very dry and gin tasting.
Mouthfeel: not terrible... I'd rather keep it in my mouth than swallow it.
For me, this beer is almost undrinkable. I'm surprised at its higher ratings.
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle or on draught nice hoppy but balanced aroma.Draught version on nitro beautiful cascading tan head.Creamy flavor with a distinctive yeasty finish. EXTREMELY drinkable but it is 5.2ABV so don't get too carried away! One of the best of it's ilk!!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Comes in a beautiful bottle. Clear hoppy aroma, and a small and shortlived head. almost no sweetness but a strong bitterness.