CapFlu (4524) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great, full almond coloured head. Full aroma. Beautiful amber brew that is definitely a treat of english hops and malt flavours but not the greatest for the coming winter season.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002-2003 bottling. I always look forward to this beer. Very much my style. Beautiful amber/brown color, with that pleasant and familiar british aroma. Smells sort of like an english brown ale. No head, besides a ring around the edge of the glass. Malty, with a strong kick of english hops (possibly Kent and Goldings). Superbly balanced, with good complexity. Tastes of caramel, honey, dandelion, earth, and brown sugar. I guess a lot of americans are used to beers topping 8% or more, but you have to remember that this comes from a country that usually averages around 3-4%. I think it’s very good, and gives me a warm, snuggly feeling in my belly.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002/03. Light copper color with white head. Smells of hops and slightly roasted barley, with some spiciness too. Has a nice spicy taste with a good kick of malt and English hops, but isn’t all that complex. Not a bad brew, but not really a "warmer" at 6% either.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange/rust in color with a foamy off-white head. Somewhat piney and sweet aroma. Nicely balanced beer that seems almost like a winter spiced version of their IPA.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in dimple mug. Floral, spicy scent. Slight head, small but stable. Nice deep gold/brown colour. Tangy, light, fruity taste. Nice ale - could be stronger with same balance.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002-03 release. Attractive copper color, balanced malty flavors with some bitterness in the finish. Some interesting flavors. Hid its strength well. Not a beer about which there is much to say--I drank it after a Trois Pistole with Thanksgiving dinner, and then prompty fell asleep on the sofa, so I don’t have a lot to say now.... Overall rather enjoyable, especially in the holiday spirit.
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, solid head, good colour. Aroma is very strong metallic hops. Taste is similar but with lots of roasty malt. Good but not what I would expect from these guys.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002-2003) Clear copper/amber. Decent head and lace. Floral and malty nose, very ’english’. Almost medium bodied, floral hops are all over the place, some creamy sweet malt riding in the back, hoppy finish. Definitley kicked this up a notch from last year or so it seems. raising it a few points.
Clear, beautiful light copper colored. Thin head and lace. Not real assertive in the nose. Some floral notes.. maybe. Smooth and creamy beer with subdued malts and hops. The usual sammy smith dry finish. Not a bad beer, pretty tasty actually , just not too interesting or complex. Not warming in the least.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 02/03 Version. Dark golden color with a smaller off white head. Mild floral and light malt aroma. Mild light fruit flavors. What I’ve come to expect from a english ales - Well balanced with mild flavors that blend well with a touch of bitterness. Nothing over the top, just drinkable and enjoyable. 7,4,7,3,14
------ Version - Similar appearance perhaps more amber in color. Catching some alcohol in the aromas and a bit more caramel. A little "hotter" than remembered along with a touch of butterscotch. Not quite as balanced.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color of whisky, with a small head and a sweet nose with suitably English hops. Mostly hoppy flavor. I expected more malts in a winter beer, but this isn’t bad.