noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chestnut with brassy undertones. Fairly still, little head or carbonation. Aromas were chocolate, toffee, caramell, alcohol, yeast and herbs. Flavor was exceptionally balanced with initial notes of caramel, chocolate and vanilla giving way to herbal hops and then full-blown metallic hoppy bitterness, which sticks around awhile. No fruit sappiness here, just good old fashioned malt, yeast and hops.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Umber color with a moderate but stable tan head and some streaks of lace. Caramel and floor malt dominate with just a hint of floral hops. Some toasted whole grain and light sourdough aromas as well. Sweet earthy malt start with a mild balance of nutty flavors and a minimal balance of weedy hops. A longer hops finish, but not an exciting one, just some bitterness that sticks to the tongue and perhaps calls for some satiation, but is not answered by the next swig. Another disapointment from the MJ500.
after4ever (6493) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Barking Dog. Two different pints, near the beginning and end of a keg. Dark brown with a sturdy medium-depth head on the early glass; the late-in-the-keg glass had some lacing but that was it. Creamy but still enormously refreshing on a hot day--that’s not something you can say very often. Plenty of carb. Sweet dark malt, toffee, molasses, some light earthy hop at the end. The late pint picked up some ground coffee (a la MJB) notes, not char or acid but that heavy dryness was a surprise.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice bitter. Nice hoppy aroma. Good strong flavor with only a slight kick. Could of been a tad stronger.
MaBeer1972 (1399) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grabbed a bottle for the flight home from Heathrow. Very decent stuff here, not as much as on cask, but a very drinkable session brew. Love malts. Love life.
Reid (2027) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice looking beer in appearance, dark amber with ruby aspects, lovelly large dense creme coloured head.
Nice dark fruity, malty aroma, with a hint of hop and mild pipe tobacco.
Great balanced flavours, mainlly malty on first taste..dark malts, slightly toffeeish, some dried fruits, slightly prunish, a hint of dried apricot..all vert nice, but the understated English hopping as always supports well and leads to a well balanced beer.
Very good mouthfeel, not thick but pleasing..dryish finish.
I liked this beer very much , typical English flavours make for a easy going Summer night beer here in Salem.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color, with a frothy beige head, toasted grains, caramel malt, butterscotch, dark dry fruitiness, of raisins, plums, dates, hint of molasses and chocolate in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a chocolate toffeeish character, dry sultana raisins, with a plumy accent, caramalized malt, toasted malt, hint of graininess, nutty accent, leading towards a nice hops dryness finish.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby colour, fast dissipating head (probably due to improper glass handling courtesy of Stampen Pub in Stockholm). Both aroma and flavour here are really great, lots of hops and surprisingly thick layers of malt (dried fruits, raisin). Quite powerful though, one was enough.
jerohen (2054) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 568 mL (or something). Amber/brown coloured, medium head. Malts, rye, some caramel, pleasant bitterness. Not really my favourite style, but this one is quite ok. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing it from London!
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl. Poured dark, rich red amber, with a decent white head. The aroma was raisiny, slightly spicy. Though the taste wasn’t that complex, it was a very pleasant soft bitter, with a malty finish with a hint of raisin. Good and easy drinking, though not my favourite bitter.