rlgk (8445) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice amber color, small offwhite head. Vanilla aroma, candy, caramel, quite a lot of toffee, some spices. Malty flavor, a bit artificial, nutty notes, some hops.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head.
The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 22 oz bomber.
Dark brown beer with and orange tint as well. Woody, earthy aroma with a bit of licorice and pruniness. Leafy hop aroma. Sweet caramelly flavour with some apple/brown sugar baked dessert notes. A touch of orange peel spicing behind the bready flavour. Lightly rummy as well. Not a bad brew, but a bit of a mixed bag.
12 oz bottle in 2008. Quite different than the ratings would suggest. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with lots of cherry and licorice. Earthy malts. Very English tasting. Softly spicy with some earthy/spicy bitterness. OK.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vast complex medal meriting winter warmer, without over-the-top ABV. Mint and clove and peppercorn and mellowed with a year of ageing. Medium mouthfeel and smooth for its style.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have no blockbuster for 1,800, and Iím not going to make it a big deal. This one pours deep copper/ruby with aromas of caramel malt, cabernet, almonds, toffee. Tastes caramel malty, with hops, spices, toffee, and a cabernet/cognacy finish. Well hidden alcohol, but a suitably dense palate with notable complexity and balance. Nice style.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber brown body, witha big fluffy beige head that fades away leaving moderate lacing. (3+) Sweet malty aroma with muted hoppy tang. Flavour is mostly malt with undertones of toffee and burnt brown sugar. Bit of a hoppy bit in the finish, borders on astringence because its such a contrast to the sweet rich malt up front. Average palate. Enjoyable but unexceptional.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Aroma of semi-dry caramel and doughy English malts with a touch of English hops and light fruity esters. Body starts mild, dark caramely sweet with some earthy toasted malty notes and a drier semi-sweet finish. Has a hint of milk chocolate as well. A pretty good English strong ale.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of butterscotch, spices and a bit of caramel. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, leafy hops and quite a bit of butterscotch. A bit too much in this one. Medium bodied.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle thanks to David! Poured medium tawny with an explosive cap of beige head and sticky rings of lace. The aroma picked up a lot of really weird stuff.. some sour fruity notes, a bit of cardboard, perfumey soap, peppery and cardamom spicage, and hibiscus. The flavor wasnít any better.. some kind of darker spices, toffee, and sticky weird floral mixed with vegetal notes at the core with peppery and floral notes at the edges.. sticky ugliness on the finish. Medium-bodied, spicy, and likely infected. Ugly beer.