Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle, shared by moelikebeer. Pours a semi-clear dark amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of toasted, powdered dark malt, some toffee, iced tea and some grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied, toasted dark malt, some dry tea, tobacco, and a hint of licorice. Finish is semi-dry, a little powdered tobacco/toffee aftertaste that slowly disappears. Alcohol is well hidden
Boutip (5233) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of FlacoAlto): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with pretty god retention. Aroma contains lots of sweet roasted malt and toffee. The sweet roasted malt also dominates taste with a light hop presence at the end. Body is a bit too thin for my liking but alcohol is well hidden.
dwyerpg (4904) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
AFter an Arizona trip filled with pale ales and IPAs and the standard brewery beers, this English Strong is quite a palate-attacking change. A sweet toffee and butterscotch aroma, with a brown color. This is sweet and toffee sticky and a tad lactic/milky. An okay beer, but perhaps would score higher if I hadn’t had so many hops already in my system. Quite a bit of butterscotch though. But there’s also some hops at the w2ay end of this. Really hard to get a handle on this beer.
markwise (4869) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks gunhaver for the share. Pours amber with an off-white head. Nose is brown sugar, plums, lots of malt, currants, and some noticeable hops. Flavor is sweet malt, currant, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, hops, and again, plum goodness. Generally nice beer.
jkwood04 (4830) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of light roasted and chocolate and caramel malts plus light hops and light dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad just mediocre.
obguthr (4689) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty hay nose. Milk dark copper, huge tan head, good lacing. Flavor is rusty and metallic, with cherry notes present. Alcohol is not noticeable.
Iphonephan (4628) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Nimbus Bistro in Tucson AZ. Pours a clear dark amber with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of roasted nuts. Crisp finish.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, very darkened amber body with a half-inch-head head of beige foam.
Smell: Moderate toastiness, crunchy char, and a faint note of brown sugar. Some dark fruit, some aniseed, but more than one’s fair share of alcohol.
Taste: Well-toasted malts dosed with dark brown sugar. Slight burnt malt edge in back. Slight earthy hop hint. A touch of date, then licorice growing into a larger, albeit ill-defined spiciness adjoining the heated alcohol quality until the finish. Not too much going on here, sadly.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Lacks complexity, depth, and, more importantly, some much needed smoothness. For a second, I thought maybe some age would smooth it out, but I changed my mind.
emacgee (4408) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a translucent dark copper with a fizzy light tan head. The nose is musty, old paper, malty, kind of sweet. The flavor is old and papery, musty, earthy, basement, not too hot.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle, I assume (correct me if I’m wrong, Sebastian) graciously sent by FlacoAlto for no other reason than to let me try some Arizona micros. How about that?!
Initially, a small head appears, a sort of marble-cream-white, but it quickly flees to the edges of the glass. Smells of prunes and toffee with some light, dry, earthy roast. The roast is quite light and lets in some chocolate and light soy notes. No hops noted in the nose. The aroma strength is fairly weak, though. Flavor begins with a chocolate-fudge note, sweet and malty, with dry, earthy toffee lingering. Reminds me of what a good cigar and some espresso might taste like, only very faint tobacco and coffee notes are apparent. Very dry on the end, as I mentioned now about 3 times, but a sweet chocolate is there for balance. Very low carbonation, medium body and a slightly watery consistency. No alcohol noted. Chocolate covered prunes linger on and I find little in the way of yeast, though I’m not surprised as the beer seems to be filtered. Hmm, odd, I liked this beer much more than my score indicates, but I guess it’s a tough style for me, statistically.