hershiser2 (2154) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pretty deep red, small head, lots of carbonation bubbling up the sides.
Strong in scent, cherryish... nice, but nothing overly great.
Thick and malty. Slight coffee and chocolate hints... maybe some raisens in there too. Nice, but there's something that doesn't quite make me really like it.
Well another seasonal tried- OK, but not the best I've had this winter.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hop nose. plentyof hops, hops, and more hops, behind all of which is a decent malt backbone.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Olde Auburn Ale House, Auburn, Alabama. Poured caramel brown with thin tan head. Moderately roasty with a mild bitter finish. Low carbonation I will blame on the bar. Lightly spiced with hints of coffee.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 2003 draft. Big dark red color with some bright oranges. Moderate sized copper colored head that leaves quickly. Clear. Aroma of light red/orange fruits, some mild hops and a good earthiness. I was very impressed with the flavor. Balanced, enjoyable. Lightl tart cherries and a good malt backbone with some spiciness to it. Very good to style. Faint bready and nutty flavors. No astringency. yum. Now if they could only fix their ESB.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown color w/ off white head. Aroma is bitter, slightly hoppy, some malt character. slightly spicey. Flavor is smooth, slighlty malty, with caramel notes. Palate could be a little thicker. Overall pretty good.
badgerben (4886) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sub-par winter ale. Aroma was more like an over hopped pils. Very thin and a tad bitter. Some citrus notes as well. Not too good.
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a whipped tan top. There's a thin consistency. It's a tad bitter and nutty with a metallic citric finish.
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reminds me of an IPA instead of an English Strong. Poured clear red-brown, with a very thin light tan head. Surprisingly weak aroma, with a touch of citrus. Flavor was dominated by grapefruit and pine hops, with a touch of bready malts and hints of fruitiness. Very bitter finish. Rather thin-bodied. A play on SN Celebration Ale? In any case, what are American hops doing in an English Strong Ale?
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Egg white type head, very dee copper color. Very fruity, hoppy aroma, hints of dry-hopping. Nutty, malty flavor with a hop flavor and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. More in style with a thinnish IPA than an English Strong. Good beer, though.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, at the East 23rd Street, Manhattan, NYC. </br>Deep amber colour with a clear lacy white head. Big bitter hop aroma. Purple, violet flavour with a short to medium palate but still very smooth.