DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is there anything prettier than an English ale, poured to the rim of a pint glass? This one is a beautiful burnt amber, crystal clear with the expected small, persistent lace around the rim. Hops dominate in this ale, very aromatic, resinous, and somewhat metallic. There is also plenty of caramel, cookie and malt, particularly in the nose. This beer is a bit thin in the middle, with less body than anticipated, but starts with a great aroma and look, finished with a powerful (for a British beer), hop bitterness.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy dark copper brown body with a light khaki head. Loads of dark colored sediment in the glass. The nose is like grape juice with some hints of bread crust and almonds. The taste has toffee, black tea and mild mandarin oranges. There is also a little bit of cardboard, but it is faint. Other than the off putting visible sediment, I actually like this beer.
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Cheers Tom. Brown amber with slight head. This was an old bottle but stood up reasonably to the test of time. Toffee caramel with smooth malts, some roasted notes but also a boiled cardboard taste too. Short on the finish. Reasonable.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 1. Bottle 07/06/2004
Golden coloured and strong in alcohol. Some fruit flavour. Lasting full malt finish.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Amber brew head faded to quickly to describe.Aroma was malt and sultanas
subtle hints of sherry (oxidised) The taste was mostly caramel the hops had faded long ago adding only a slight spiciness in the finish.I think this would be a lot better fresher.(duh!)
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is definitely sweet caramel, flavor is sweet, some hops. Not great, but I don’t feel ripped off. I really have nothing else to say about it.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but nothing to write home about. Pours a shoe-polish brown with a fair head, a few sediments. Aroma is very toffeeish, mild hops compliment. Flavor is malty and sweet, giving way to a grassy hoppy section, ends a little metallic. Tasty, though nothing special.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled version: A red/copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is strongly English-very earthy, spicy, mentholated hop and sweet malt (subtle, soft caramel/toffee). Flavor contains much of the aroma with the bonus of an omnipresent dry, bicuity, salted pretzel malt and an underpinning of tropical fruit. Bitterness is perfectly appetizing.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A small sized off-white head that was frothy and contained fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated and transparent with an orange-brown hue. The aroma was hoppy, sweet, and notes of sugar. The taste was lightly sweet, malty and finished a little bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth and thin. This was a light-medium bodied beer with fair lacing.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottled brew poured a large head of fine to large sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a uncarbonated transparent brown color. The aroma was malty with a slight dirty sock scent to it. The mouth feel is thin and smooth with a slight lingering aftertaste. The thin flavor is malty with a small amount of caramel malts.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled: Medium-amber in color. I got a rather small head off of it. Extremely herbal in flavor with lots of tangy hops initially (they fade pretty fast). The Fuggles are present in the aroma, though it's a faint scent even using my brandy snifter. As I drink the brew, I'm feeling the strong, distinctive hops make it a tad metallic, in addition to the herbal taste. Definitely a hoppier-than-average EPA that seems one-dimensional in the malt department. A disappointment.