Nuffield (3802) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It isn't common that my wife and I disagree so notably about a beer. From her first gulp she said it was "foul" with an "aroma and flavor like that of novicaine at the dentist". I, on the other hand, enjoyed the obviously nutty aroma, which becomes like a bowl of caramel candies as it warms, and a flavor that is mildly sweet, deeply caramel-tinged, and with hints of wood, nuts, and chocolate. The appearance is good: brown like a piece of furniture, with cola-like carbonation on my glass (an English pint glass)(this being a negative quality actually), and an irregular, large head that clings to to the glass as it dissipates moderately quickly. The palate makes this reasonably drinkable, with carbonation keeping life in a passably smooth/creamy body. Not the greatest beer in the world, but a good brown ale, despite the risks you take with a clear glass bottle (fortunately mine showed no sign of problems).
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lager-like hoppy aroma (that is not a compliment) with a fine color of polished wood. Smooth and slightly creamy, though underwhelming flavor and finish.
RichardGretton (4406) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown ale with a lightly hopped aroma and malty hopped flavour. Overall a basic hopped ale with hints of sweetness.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a rich brown color, small head, disappeared rapidly. Very nice aroma of nut and malt. Great taste, and a pleasant finish. Excellent beer.
bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a nice brown color, fine head that quickly disappears. Little lacing. My first taste impression was nutting & molasses. A bit malty, nice hop smell. I love the taste, a very fine beer with a nice (and not overpowering) aftertaste.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice brown colour. Something skunky in the aroma. Very nutty, caramelly and quite malty. Sweet finish.
imdownthepub (11284) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Chestnut brown beer with thick white head. Roasted nut aroma with a thick sweetish body, fully malted, a little fruitiness. Sickly finish and a little sour.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown-amber with a creamy off white long lasting head. Hops dominate aroma, with caramel and honey in the background. Medium mouthfeel, though not as soft/smooth in the finish. Nice malty sweet start with a bitter crisp finish. Bit of chocolate biscuit in the aftertaste too. Hint of smoke at the back of the mouth. Not bad stuff.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: This pours a very nice clear reddish brown color with a thick tan head.
Aroma: The smell of this beer is somewhat nutty and roasty. It's a very pleasant aroma.
Flavor: The taste is nutty, malty with a clean finish. The body is light, but the flavor is full. This is a very good beer.
YukonJamie (2) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2003 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pretty disapointing, especially given the high price. I agree with the turpentine like smell and taste comments. It's pretty bizarre. I'll have to force down the other three just so I don't feel like I wasted my money.