tekhna (118) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad at all. Not sure quite what an "English Strong Ale" is-almost sort of to a Porter but not quite? Most of the way there on the malts but not quite. Tasty, sessionable. Ok.
steeleliver (110) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour moderate brown, a bit darker than most ales, with a finger to two of light brown head. Taste is of roasted malt with a tinge of hops and spices. Palate is that of an ale, no extra thickness for winter. A consistent beer, no suprises, pleasant. Worth trying, but I wouldnít drink more than one.
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An airy, frothy head with a dark and somewhat coffee-like appearance has a light and toasty aroma.
While the flavor tends a bit on the dry, somewhat flat side, there are undeniable hints of dark chocolate, malt, and oats.
Best as a warm-you-up beer alongside a sharp cheddar.
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drught at pub in Ida Noyes. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, caramel. Flavor is coffee, nutty and roast, very sweet. Seems a little out of balance and a bit thin. Nothing special but goes down easy.
lweiberg (105) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I donít know if itís just my preference in general, but I canít stand the taste of coffee so I could barely tolerate this beer, although there was some charm to it because it tasted different than what Iím used to but I think if I try any more English Strong Ales Iíll go with a higher scored brand to see if I just dislike the style in general.
stephenj007 (103) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour was deep brown in color, clear in appearance, with a thin, tan head. Mild carbonation. Aromas are strong: coffee, chocolate, heavy roasted malts. Tastes of dark, smoky tobacco malts, some sweet toffee, and a hint of fruit. Finishes with a slight hops wash, hint of alcohol, and full lingering flavors. A decent winter brew, nice way to finish the evening.
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown, clear with a reddish tint. Hints of coffee, carmel, cherry, prune and licorice. OK, but not one of my favorite winter ales.
illiniphil (101) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with a nice tan head. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, mild chocolate, rye and hops. Nice flavor and easy to drink. Try it.
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commonmac (100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Luce Hopkins. Dark black winter variety. Very faint aroma and light head. A common option in Mpls and traditionally one of the better winter ones. Light roasted flavor, heavy on malt. Good sweetness. No coffee to be found in this one. Kind of like a comfortable winter sweater. Enjoy when applicable.
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pumped draught at Clark Street, Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a finger of head. Smells of chocolate and malt with hints of spice, maybe nutmeg or cinnamon.