aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice candlelight contemplation beer. wonderful balance with a hint of peaty smoke an nice roasted caramel with a touch of vanilla. A world class brew from THE whisky country.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/red colour, slightly hazy cloudy. Light white head. Spicy scent with bready malts and some oaking. Smooth with a hint of vanilla and spice. Nice malty body mixed in. Slightly sweet finish.
Sigmund (5691) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Rerate, 330 ml cellared bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Still an excellent beer, I get some differences in aroma and flavour: "old sherry" notes in the aroma are stronger I don’t get any notes of sour cherries this time. The flavour is less roasty (don’t get any coffee) and more sherrylike. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Beautiful brown to ruby colour, good beige head. Complex aroma of oak and sandalwood, some pine too, old sherry, leather, pipe tobacco, sour cherries, prunes, hints of smoke . Flavour is woody with a pronounced roastiness, coffee notes, strong tea, hints of bitter chocolate, excellent hoppy bitterness. A truly delightful beer!
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
gentle roasted/smokey aroma. foam diminishes to a little. really nice brown color. great flavors of mild chocolate, tootsie roll, smoked malt and lingering bitterness. finishes dry and soft on the palate. my mouth has been bathed in some beautiful malt. classic!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely ruby brown in colour, with a lasting beige head. Woody musk aroma, with caramel, berries and some unidentifiable fruits. Medium bodied. Interesting flavour. Very woody, with some caramel, and lots of dark fruits and chocolate. Sherry notes are there too. Quite a warming alcohol sensation, which was suprising considering its only around 7. Some smoky/roast flavours crop up in the aftertaste once you get into it. Very interesting beer.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems to be a nice representation of an English ale: Musty, sweet and dark. Forward is the sweetness followed by a nice malt body and a short, bitter end. I enjoyed this because of its ability to transport me to its origin.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. I have been wanting to try this for a while but was unable to stomach the price...but I caved, and am happy I did. poured an amber murkey color with a small whiteish head with good lacing. A caramel, sweet malty aroma leads into a superbly balanced taste. the malt is semi sweet and just rightly sized for the bitter hop complement. The malt is smokey, toasted, dry with a nice bitter end. the smoke tatse is pleasantly prominate. Really enjoyed it!
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Molasses-brown with an immediate aroma of malt and rich fruit. Flavor of currents and toffee, pleasant and complex--but not so complex as to overwhelm. Enjoyable.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish colour with small off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with spices. Fruity flavor with hints of berries.. Slightly thin palate.
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
An ugly looking beer,brown with no head or fizz.Molasses alcohol nose. Flavor of toffee,molasses,malt and alcohol..basically flat. Not a good effort