bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/2 liter bottle from Bevmo. Aroma of light caramel, a bit dusty, some light fruit. Amber color with tiny bubbles and a beige head that did some lacing. A bit thin bodied; the carbonation is a bit sharp. As it warms in the mouth there is caramel, bread, floral, apricot or peach, perhaps tea. Lightly sweet. Light bitter is present. The many flavors add up to an interesting brew. The finish is more dry than not, and the floral hop builds a decent level of bitter.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Bevmo. Created a giant sized head that stuck around for a long time. Decent malting in the aroma with a bread and butterscotch smell I would expect from the English strong ale styles. In the drink a mild flavor of wheat bread, oatmeal and caramel is picked up. Overall a pleasant and delighting ale being that it was so tamed and subtle.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a tallish, light beige head. Looks like an american amber with a slightly improved head. Light caramel, light pale malt and orange aromas. Simple, but nothing objectionable, actually somewhat inviting. An english strong aroma though... no. Fruity and Herbal flavors abound. Peaches and rosemary, tangerine and sweet basil, a backdrop of lightly toasted bread - it sounds good, but does not really blend together that nicely. The sweetness seems to add to the strength of this one. The fruity flavors take over and make me feel like I’m sucking on candy of some sort. A slight verve back to malt in the finish, but it’s late in the quaff and the sugars are still overpowering.
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, Fargo. Deep golden colour, straw aroma with some grass and bitter notes. Smooth flavor with some alcohol and sweetness. Very similar to the stronger lagers available in Austria and Germany. Decent but nothing amazing.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Bright refractive coppery amber with a large frothy white head. Initially somewhat vegetal aroma, settles to light wheaty malt with overtones of pungent grassy hops. Dry, semi-sweet lightly grainy malt taste, faint grassy bitterness in the finish. Light, chewy body, with light carbonation and astringency, quick finish, slightly acidic linger. Ehh.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Medium amber in color upon pouring. Sweet aroma. Fairly malty. Has some decent hop aroma as well. Somewhat malty up front with some citric fruity qualities. Some grapefruit trying to cut through and adds a little bitterness in the finish.
FatPhil (9346) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
Rich red, thin light head. Chocolate cake and malt aroma, some spices too, but not dominant. Taste isvery full bodied malt, with sweet spicy highlights - fruits too, such as apple - and a grand dark sticky hopper bitter finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from BevMo LaJolla. Pours clear orangey amber with a large fluffy off-white head that leaves ample lace. Toasty & biscuity malts, honey and clover, floral hops and alfalfa in the aroma. Flavor features more of the toasty and biscuity malts, shortbread cookies, lots of hop bitterness - mostly floral and sweetish herbs with hints of lemon peel and spice, well balanced and enjoyable. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark rhuby brown, thick white head. Fruity, malty pineapple aroma. Taste4 very hoppy, with vanilla and cinnamon.
greenhorn1 (812) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bottletrek.com. Pours clear orange with a big frothy head. Aroma of malt and orange peel. Caramel and toasted malts dominate that give the beer a sweet flavor. Medium body with a subtle hop finish. Not very "Christmasy" (as in spices), but a very decent English brew.