EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose deep in dark caramel and toffee, very earthy, brown malt with wood and faint spice. Pours beautiful mahogany brown with an ephemeral tan head. Carbonation firm in the medium body, light tang and bitterness, some smoky/ashen character in with the nutty and fudgy/earthy malts. Lightly sweet with a faintly herbal touch, and there’s a great balance struck here between all the elements.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle with almost no head and a very dark body. Had this in a Chimay chalice. A little bit of amber colored light slips throught when held up to the light. Aroma of chocolate and a little toffee. Also has some slight cooked mixed vegatables. The taste is some malty roasted coffee. Also has some dirt and leaves of fall. But this is pleasant. A real winner.
thedm (5139) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent dark brown colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mildy vinuous and contained malt and hop notes. The mouthfeel was mildly tingly and had a slight hop tingle in the finish. It also had a smooth brown beer like flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich mohagany color with a lid of shiny light tan bubbles. Sweet mid roasted malts dominate the nose. Mild toasted malts with a light sweetness. Finish has a light bite of spice and alcohol. Smooth on the palate.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Deep brown-red-black with a big beige head. Dark sweet malt and maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aroma. Pretty nice actually. certainly not unlike Anchor OSA stylistically. The thick, sweet malt tones balance perfectly with the hops and spices. On the lighter side of full bodied, drinkable but full of depth and flavor as well. Really a tasty and respectable beer.
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep chocolate brown with a cream head. chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, and not much else. nice palate, flavor is slight roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel with a slightly bitter finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to NuBrewm for this brew. Served in a snifter.
Pours dark brown with a bit of reddish hue. There is a good head and quite a bit of lace. The nose is sweet caramel and some mild spice as well as dark fruits. The taste is slightly sweet with a nice malt character. Good, light spice. The age has treated this one well. Finish is a bit dry and the spice comes through a bit too much. Overall, a nice balance between normal beer and an overspiced seasonal.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 The best thing about this beer is the color; black with some red. Mild aroma of hops. Uninteresting flavor of a standard bitter with a poorly done sweet malt in the finish. There is no way this should be called an English Strong Ale.----Rerate April 2011. This beer has improved considerably. Still a black beer, but now there are good aromas of roasted malt and a fair amount of hops. I would probably call it a porter, but the palate, aroma, and flavor are now much better than they were a few years ago. score increased.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, toasting, and toffee. Poured deep amber/light brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Some medium and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, slight cocoa, slight chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, caramel finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky.
Patrickctenchi (4825) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, rubied-brown with a creamy tan head.
Caramel, chocolate, rich nut aroma.
Molasses, blackberry jam, caramel/chocolate malt flavor.
A bit of spice and cola.
A very nice, mild bodied strong ale.