Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Nice toffee-caramel sweet malt aroma, light diacetyl, with some grassy fruity hops. Tea. Nice smooth character. Medium amber-brown clear with a bit of haze, topped with an off-white lacing thin head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts fairly sweet with apple skin, light grainy tea, caramel with a bit of toffee and butter. Watery with a bit of acidity. Light grassy-grainy bitterness comes in at the finish, with a smooth nutty bitter after. Not a bad bitter, but maybe a bit too carbonated. Fairly clean.
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pint at the sloaney pony. buttery decent dark mahogany beer. was very much in conversation when i had it. was pleasant smooth strong and lubricated my tongue well :-)
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle - Pours hazy light brown with almost no head and very little carbonation. It has a mild aroma of caramel malt. The flavor is led by toasty toffee malt and has some mild hops. It has a medium body and a light, bitter finish. This beer is pretty average. I really should stop paying the high prices for the many mediocre to average English bitters that seem to be so common now.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is buttery and malty with toffee and hops. The appearance is hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is bitter and much like the aroma. The palate is slick. Overall it’s decent.
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 a tad buttery. nice caramel malts. gives off a fruity taste with a mild yet flavorful hop presence. I enjoy this one
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20080422 50cl bottle picked up at Spirits in Red Bank. Teak color with small but lasting off-white head. Aroma is simple, but fully pleasant and comforting with a mildly mulch-like tinge and some earthy hops atop the prospect of rounded, bready malts to come. And they do. Nice enough on the palate, it’s maybe a bit thin and still, but perhaps an attempt at recreating the cask feel...more likely poor overseas handling. Despite the relatively light body, the malts seem potent for a beer of medium alcoholic heft and the finish is long and satisfyingly coating. There is a bit of an off flavor lingering at the end that reminds of the previous atrocity I just now dispatched in the drain, the Hoppy Otter. It’s a bit on the vegetal side and nothing I look forward to dealing with again. Perhaps it’s just the lingering after effects from that other mess, or perhaps it’s something with the Otter yeast I don’t dig. At any rate, this one is much better than the previous and something I’d drink again if it was cheaper.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty little English style ale. Cloudy brownish orange with the tiniest of heads. Caramel malt aroma with a smooth, mild taste. Malty and slightly smoky sweetness. Full bodied. Nice.
MarkBarnes (409) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apr. 3, 2008; pint+ bottle purchased for $5 at Chanatry’s Market, Utica, NY. Murky-brown pour; big caramel-candy aroma. Notes of ripe fruit. Pretty full-bodied for the style, with medium bitterness. Seems quite sessionable. Would definitely have this again.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 25th March 2008. A hardly carbonated, mahogany brew. Strong aroma of rich caramel malt and alcohol. Dark fruits come through in the taste and there is a good warmth to the palate. A decent strong ale.
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Small smooth tan head that quickly dissipated, virtually no lacing, cloudy, very little carbonation observed, and a dark orange hue. The nose was malty, hoppy and fruity. The flavor was malty, mildly hoppy, some caramel, and lightly bitter tasting. Tingly mouthfeel and medium in body. Just an okay beer for me as I could not acquire a liking for the taste as something seemed amiss about it. Not a beer that I am likely to have again.