Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle Amber body with a thick foamy head. Nose-bready, light cherry cough syrup, light raw dough. Taste-toffee, light chocolate powder, light strawberry, raw on the back end, unrefined, dry mouthfeel, sawdust, unpleasant rough raw mouthfeel. Not pleasant flavor. Yuck. Smoke, wood, mild char. Could not finish the whole bottle.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pours a perfect amber color with a nice off white and yellow-tinged head. Has a medium palate with a nice medium bodied roasted-ness. The hop bitterness is simple, but adequate. Has a bit of a chocolate finish.
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. Slight hops, mild grassy notes, some light malt and very slight skunk in aroma. Glowing orange, medium white head. Decent taste - sweet, fruit. Sub standard English Strong Ale.
nearbeer (3964) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml, bb F09. Clear amber with a medium-sized and lasting head. Faint biscuit and spicy fruit aroma is clean and inoffensive, if not particularly noteworthy. Well-balanced flavor is delicate mix of toasted nut, earthy-spiced apple, bitter green herbs, and dry wood. Palate is light medium and smooth, with nice dryness and tingle on the end. Decent session ale that could have its place.
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange with a large lasting frothy white head. Aroma’s sweet and malty along with some hops, spices and oranges. Flavour’s malty but not as sweet along with some grain, a hint of fruit and some floral hops. Average bodied. Eh, not very exciting, it’s alright.
larsniclas (5848) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a creamy, off-white head.
Some toffee in a cereal aroma.
Some toffee and slightly perfume-ish flavour. SOme sweet maltiness but overall a very bland beer.
bhensonb (11904) - 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 (2201) - 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 (1958) - 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.