bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharp initial taste of vegemite and then it smooths out very quickly with strong malt flavours and dried fruit. Colour of the body is ruby brown with a light tan head that was fairly compact and mostly lasting. Aroma is of dried fruit, sultanas and prunes. Quite like the bitterness in this as well as the hops that balance out the malt very well.
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong Earthy hops and malty aroma. Had a spicy flavor with a nice hop contrast. Very strong finish with this beer. Need to be eating a hearty food to drink this. Pass the pasta.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Robe rousse surmontée d’une mousse généreuse. Arômes de caramel et de diacétyl. Saveurs de carton... caramélisé...
ogivlado (5584) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled(568ml- pint). -reddish-mahogany colored with a pale brown rich head, aroma is malt, hops to balance with black cherry hints, low carbonation, mild spicy bitter finish
thegreenrooster (3171) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a very dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is like dark fruits with a carmel malt backbone. Flaovr is a a nice peat moss with a touch of smoke with a bit of cherry in there. Very tasty and pleasing to all the senses.
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Big head that fast disapears into some lace, bitter and acidic bite, with some malts and chewy creaminess to offset. Lingering bitterness that works for summer.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (Imperial pint) shared with blankboy This is steady favorite of mine, I keep half a dozen bottles at all times - surprising I havent’ rated it before! Poured a lively deepish copper, thinish fairly white head, spare lacing. Aroma is malt, hops to balance, some fruit and grain, and minerals. Taste is the same, very refreshing and "more-ish". A somewhat astringent, minerally mouthfeel, longer than average finish, ending on a slightly brackish, bitter note. Hope to have this on cask in the UK one day.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Charles Wells Bombardier. 20 July 2005. Bottle. From the beginning this seems to be a couple notches above your typical bottled British export. Light brown head that thins but stays for most of the glass. Beer is copper/red - shades darker than the marketing photo. Aromas of bread and light fruit. This is pretty mild and a little sweet, but very pleasant in all. The breadiness and hints of fruit (citrus) persist into the flavors, and the hops are just enough to round this out. A nice surprise for a bottled bitter this side of the pond - and (whaddya know) Not in a clear bottle! Thanks, Angelica.
Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle pours almost mohogany with nice red tones when held up to the light. The thick off white head thins to a lace. Aroma has coffee, black cherry, caramel hints with a hoppy overtone. To be honest it smells much better than it tastes. Flavour is thin and weak though for a premium bitter. Very light flavour, some hoppy notes in the body. Slighty malty after taste.
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like. It’s a rich, reddish-mahogany color with a creamy, well-sustained & good-lacing tan head. The aroma is rich and malty with light pome fruits, a nut or two, and some herbal hops. This is very creamy in the mouth, quite smooth & easy to imbibe. The flavor is a big chewy malt with pears and nuts and an earthy, bitter finish... splashed on by some sweetness. I wish this was more readily available in the Chicago area.
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