obguthr (5419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toffee and nutmeg nose. Clear tea, medium head, good lacing. Nutmeg and wood flavor within a tart malt base. Well balanced. Thin mouthfeel. Not bad at all.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Good cherry-to-light burgundy appearance. Mostly filtered, with a light amount of haziness. Big off-white foamy head. Aroma of light cinnamon, dry toffee and a hint of goldings or something similar. Not tremendously powerful. Fruity and spicy beginning, with a dry almost nutmeg like spiciness. Gains some sweetness, and balance. I enjoyed the flavor and it wasnt all that boring, the biggest problem was that it just didnt pack enough flavor in it. Lightly dry, nutty finish, more spice and lightly toasted malt. Quite reminiscent of the Fullers Vintage Ale line (though not as full flavored, balanced or interesting) but it’s on the right track, and for being a year old, it tastes pretty good. Hops and a hint of brown sugar linger on the aftertaste as well as a bit too much bitterness and alcohol. This vintage (2004) has some definite aging potential, as this didnt seem to get watery at all.
thornecb (5366) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottling, best before Oct 08. This English Strong Ale pours a dark amber brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and semi sweet. The hops are earthy and “dirty”. The spices don’t seem to do much more than dirty up this beer. It’s a touch cardboardy and vegetative, and need to be a little sweeter to balance things out. Mellows a little as it warms, but still there is something seriously wrong with this beer. Thinks it’s more of a recipe thing than a bad-brewing thing but still, something ain’t right. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter and spicy.
kaser (5313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange with white head. Sample pour at Shipyard in Portland, Maine. Every beer here I've had is gross. Tastes like someone mowed the lawn and fed me the grass
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Pours deep amber color with small short-lasting head but really cool lace. Aroma is weakly spiced with some soured notes. Flavors are nuanced, with a lingering hop finish that welcomes the next sip. Spices detectable include mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but soft and creamy. Were it not for the off-notes in the smell I’d really like this.
(re-rate from Hallandale beer fest, also bottle)
Hazy purplish-brown. Smell is middle of the road mild malt. Not bad flavors: clean, malty but dry, a touch of salt, hoppy afterbit and a little alcohol in the finish. A little too fizzy.
jkwood04 (5213) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.
cheap (5152) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at BJ’s in Pinellas FLA. Decent leathery aroma. Nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager. Oily soapy mouth coating feel to the palate. Slight whiskey flavors in the background. Taste is somewhat like chewing on leather, it carries over from the aroma. Not bad but a little too much alky in the personality. Terrible bitter linger, good example of the style.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First of all- this is 6.8%alcohol- it says so on thier website. Very deep amber almost brownish color with a beige head. Nice and sweet and creamy ale with lots of kick to it. Nothing all too special. I was looking for more english hops but malt predominates this one.