npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful, complicated beer. Tangy fruity nose, and a solid, sweet malty body with notes of cherry and apricots. Finishes off with an awesome buttery/chocolatey palate. I agree with their hype that this is a winter warmer one could drink the year round.
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very complex brew, with a very deep, malty aroma with notes of pear, black cherry soda, honey, and
demerara sugar, and malty, fruity body , and a syrupy finish.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rareity the I go out on a limb with a brew unheard of but I was game 6% abv... sweet cherry with tang and warming malts. Reminds me of those soda pop cap candies I used to have as a kid. Great stuff!
Tmoney99 (12741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single bottle from local state store. Poured dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that diminished quickly with good lacing. Good complex tart fruit malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex after dinner beer.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle
This was lurking on a back shelf at the local store. For only $2.00 I willing to give it a shot. In the end it was a nice discovery although I am not the biggest fan of this style. Still if you are either trying to count down English counties or just prefer lighter drinking beers this is worth investigating. You could do far worse.
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived pillowy head bobs on a sea of dense brown fluid. The reddish gradient gives it is a nice contrast against a setting sun. Chocolate truffle, caramel, and overdone white toast surprise the nose with more complexity than you would think.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of a caramel filled chew washes across the tongue followed by mild malts. Tasting much like a butterscotch treat it has some depth but does not overwhelm the palate with options. Virtually sessionable my only objection would be that after a while the flavors begin to collect on the back of the throat. The chocolaty finish is not bad but also overstays its welcome. Nonetheless this is a nice value at $2.00 and possibly worth picking it up if it is available in your area and you want something different.
imdownthepub (12168) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Red brown beer. Dark sweet fruity flavours, a healthy 6.0% giving a warming glow. Best drunk on the warm side.
pilsnerrogge (2711) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Usher-ale that ends up being a bit too sweet for it’s own good.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite pronounced caramel aroma. Flavor is comparatively quite a bit drier and lighter than expected, a bit like dilute caramel, but pleasant drinking all the same.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a medium to dark brown. Aromas of vanilla, sweet malt, and dried cherries. Very light and a bit thin with flavors of vanilla, green apple, and sweet corn. This is ok but not my favourite.