monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best By ?? ('04); 11-03 tasting notes: Wonderful muscular English Ale with a great but subtle chocolate maltly hoppy flavor. Yes there was a trace of banana estery flavor. Now I know where Yards ESA came from!
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice dark color, with an aroma of roasted malt and a mild sweet smell. Little to no head, with a chocolate, caramel, and roasted walnut(?) taste. A good example of the style.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark brown color. Aroma and flavor are complex and inviting. Very enjoyable and quite delicious.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very litte head. Sweet aroma, easy drink. There is definatly toffee there.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very subtle aroma of sweet malt, definitely not overpowering. Beautiful dark garnet color that really can only be appreciated when backlit. Flavor is malty, subtle, and complex; it definitely has the flavor of an ale whose recipe has been refined. Palate is thin with a bit of CO2 tingle on the tongue. Overall, a beer whose qualities are present but must be searched for. I am a bit underwhelmed but have enjoyed my pint nonetheless.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in colour, cream coloured head. The aroma of cookies, toffee, candy sweetness, and malty. Flavour was creamy, smooth body, slight sweetness, nutty and malty. Finish very smooth with a mild bitterness.
jgb9348 (5434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich amber colour with predominantly ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Aroma of musty malt, very light hops and a slightly old basement nuance. Medium-bodied; Sweet pit fruit tastes up front, which fade into a musty malt presence a few seconds later. Slightly fruity in the palate, not much but noticeable. Overall, a decent beer...fairly average for the style, but not the best I've had! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Total Wine in Manassas, Virginia and sampled it on 20-December-2003.
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby red, with a thin sandy head. Grapejeely on toast aroma, like if the grape jelly was right beside a cup of strong coffe. The body is cola-ish. Full bready and mild fruit flavors up front, then a earthy, resiney dry finish.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with off-white head. I can smell the alcohol in this one, even though it's only 5.6%. Moderate carbonation. Classic English malt flavor. Not much of a hop presence in this one...just caramely english malts. Good beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing peculiar about this brew. Rich, dark appearance under a tan head. Aroma of some English toffee and some chocolate. Taste is very satisfying. Smooth, hints of raisins or maybe Raisinettes thanks to the touch of chocolate. Well done brew.