JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Dark chocolatey brown color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, dark fruit notes, vinous, roasted caramel, toasted malts, slightly smokey. Flavor is malty and smooth, notes of molasses, roasted caramel, red grapes, finish has a good level of sweetness. The flavor is not quite as interesting as the aroma. A good brew though overall.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich reddish brown with a nice head and lacing. Toffee aroma. Full bodied and well balanced flavor with a nutty finish.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Bottle: Pours near opaque. Malty aroma, mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for such a robust looking beer. Peculiar esters dominate sasafrass<sp?> /bananna. Quenching yet complex this beer defies convention for sure. Reminds me of Anchor's our Special 2002 ale.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Smells like dark raisin bread and port--very interesting (first old ale I've ever had) Maybe some. . .nutmeg? Spice in there somewhere. Nice eggshell white firmish head. Dark brown body with a hint of red. Oh hell, just look at the picture, my adjective bank is running low. Tastes likes raisins, toffee, sweet donuts, and port. Very intriguing. Finishes very smooth, hops seem to barely exist. Quite bizarre, overall; couldn't get over how winey it tasted.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this stuff is quite good. Nice darker brown or ruby colour with a medium head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is malty and fruity with some definate roasted strong malts in the taste. Thicker than medium body and overal very drinkable!
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with a thick light brown head that sits atop a deep, dark amber, clear beer. The aroma is sweet and has notes o f molasses, caramel and dark fruit. The taste is fairly clean compared to the rich brew that I remember that this once was. This beer is lightly sweet with almost no balancing bitterness. There seems to be a threshold level of buttery diacetyl, which, adds a bit to the complexity of this beer. There seems to be some subtle dark malt flavors that are evocative of chocolate. It is quite drinkable, but need to be served quite warm to get any of the flavors.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer that has the expected Newcastle aroma yet there is wonderful teases of toffee/nut/banana.Great deep ruby appearance.Decent head/ok lace.Tingly chalky dry palate.Nice ale.The beers imported by scottish & newcastle all share the same basic characteristics and huge pricetag too boot...
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.