shridd (1) - ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Definitely the world's best beer... very little to fault ever...brewed on my door step. Would have more if it wasn't for stupid drink/driving laws...
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(cask at RFD) deep brown. Very little head (as you would expect from a cask ale). Very smooth full flavors--malt and dark fruit.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the RAF 2003: Red cedar with a very small off white head. . . Huge dark cabernet aroma. . . Solid malt flavour with a nice mixture of spices. . . Finish is slightly sour, but there is some nice lingering sweet caramel malt.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep reddish-brown, purple. A bit of sourness in the nose, but notes of grapes and alcohol. Vinegar on my tongue, but a more relaxed and ale-like aftertaste. Too sour too soon for me!
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the RAF. Dark brown color. Really thought this tasted like a thinner red wine. Same type of darkish grape, plum, fruit with a bit of sour/bitter to round it out. Fairly good.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at RAF. I can't imagine a mild ale with more flavor, although this ale is hardly mild at 58 OG. Esters and diacetyl are prominent but they lend a lot of flavor to this brittish classic.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at RAF. This is what I imagine a good cask ale is like in some neighborhood pub in the UK. Dark ruby color (surprize) that was spectacularly clear. Malty, dry grains, sweet dark fruit, and just a touch of hops in the finish. A standout at the fest, at least for me.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown, with a medium brown. sour malt aroma, taste of fruit, plums, raisins, berries with a some sourness, light bodied with a smooth slightly sour finish
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is one weird beer. First it overflowed the glass I poured it into...no, it exploded like a volcano while overflowing. Lots of bubble with this one. Light fruit smell. Taste starts off decent, with a taste of plums and raisins, then falls apart. There is a sour taste on the finish like wine gone bad. Not again for this guy.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong sour aroma upon cracking the bottle. Big Tan fluffy head - deep deep ruby red in color. I really like the sour crisp yet malty flavor. Nearly stout like in finish.