badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Taste contains a little wood and some spices. Transports you to a little cabin in the Northwoods by the fire. Very fine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear deep chestnut color with a thin off-white head. Strong caramel malt aroma with some frutiness. Light sugary notes and some chocolate. Full malty flavor with notes of caramel and cola. Hint of hops and a fruity finish. Medium bodied.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4300) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is strong molasses and nutmeg. The flavor is roasty malts, molasses, hints of dry chocolate and nutmeg. The finish is long and mildly bitter. Tasty.
JK (4175) - Uptown, Minneapolis, 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.
nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is very toasted and almost smokey with coffee, toffee, and a touch of spice. The appearance is dark red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but too tangy and acidic. The palate is average for the style. Overall its OK but not that good.
nimbleprop (3920) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear mahogany with a slowly dissipating medium brown head. Aroma of caramel, lots of malt – toasted, roasted and sweet with the mildest of hops presence. Taste of caramel, mild chocolate , mild sugar, light chocolate and malt. Pretty devoid of flavor though it gets a bit better as it warms.
nuplastikk (3840) - 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.
cheap (3663) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oh-oh, smells like an imperial or foreign stout with a caramel background, and I don’t like imperial or foreign stouts. 12 oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. I am a bit surprised that it pours very dark transparent in my steeler stein. A malty roasty initial flavor, perhaps even some hops in there. Very little carbonation. Yes, it is robust as the description says but there is no detail of this on the label, it is pretty much plain jane just mentioning winter ale. I think this is the first English Strong ale I’ve tasted. It is smooth but has a lingering undesirable interesting flavor on the finish, a little bitter. Try this if you like stouts.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear dark dark brown. Smells mostly of brown sugar and alcohol. These come out again in the flavor along with black licorice. Moderately carbonated. Oily mouth fell.