MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
20 year old bottle from Logan.
A murkey deep brownish color w/ no head to speak of. Super sweet aroma big and malty carmel notes and some dark fruits, fig & plum. weak palate some coating. Flavor is very sweet carmel light grains and a smoke componenet. Seems to have held up well for a 20 yr old beer. Pretty good.
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany hue, with a shy tan head, the nose has some notes of yeast, very malty, with a winey accent, hint of oakiness in the aroma follows through on a raw malted full bodied palate, with a dark roasted malt, touch of pepper spiciness, black bitter chocolatey note, leading towards a robust malty accent and a delightful mild dryness finish.
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige offwhite creamy head with larger bubbles. Dark red-brown body. Sweetish musty aroma rather like whipped cream. Sweet, smoky, lightly roasty taste with notes of licorice. Sweetish, dry aftertaste. Good, quite interesting.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 23, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep mahogany color with a quickly dissipating head. Red wine nose. Very dry, with an almond, slightly amaretto flavor. Overall, a bit bland and flat, but better than average.
legion242 (2299) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, what a surprising disappointment- Very odd grayish red-black color. Head was thin but lively. Nose of sweet port/sherry. Wood, licorice, raisins, chocolate. Slightly disappointing palete. Incredible dryness sets in at the last 1/5 of the glass.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is a of a chestnut brown, no real head appeared as I poured it slowly into a 10 oz tulip, just a few big bubbles, no real lace either. Aroma is all malts, loads of caramel, sweet, dark, with a earthy undertone of tobacco and wet wood. Taste is super mellow of caramel, dark toffee, some dark fruit notes of plum and banana, the malts are provided all over the place, but not thick, more so of a very clean and softly calming chewyness, thinnish to the point of becoming non-existent really. Not very flavorful. Some notes of hazelnut and molasses poke through as it warms but nothing sticks out really. Kinda boring and plain. Feel is a bit thin, the front of this is like water, nothing there, but luckily it picks up some and renders some light heft over the middle and has a smooth lightly sticky, calm, malty sweet finish that doesn't last all that long. Not something I'd buy again, nearly forgetable.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice ale with a combination of chocolate and caramel flavors we with a bit heavy malt flavor. Quite good but McEwans is cheaper and better.
caesar (5466) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark color, short dying head. Aroma of roasted malts, fruity. Taste is of roasted malts, rye, bit fruity, nothing special. Dry and bitter palate, as we expect from an english style.
3fourths (8342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red and brown appearance. Sweet, apple and cinnamon spice aroma. Sublte flavors initially in the mouth, then appearing smooth, with some honey, apple, and wood. Weak yes... not much there.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thin layer of creamy head and some lacing. Malty aroma with some wood. The wood comes out more in the flavor with hints of oak, a bit earthy as well, and some malt. A sharp finish with a small alcohol bite. Alcohol is hidden rather well. Though I do have to agree with previous ratings on the salt flavors being a bit too much.