jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby amber colour with a minute off white head on it. Flavour and aroma are dominated by sweet malt, but of caramel, tiny hint of a not-quite chocolate fruity taste. A nice pint. Not what I think of when I think English Bitter.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Draught at Plain Kitchen, Gothenburg. Amber color, off-white lasting head. Aroma is quite sweet, some vanilla. A little bitter, metallic finish, but not much flavor at all.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep copper/ruby body, foamy stiff light brown head. light, biscuty and fruity nose real sweet. smooth, creamy, classic english malt expression. some roasted notes and chocolate, but dry and crackery as well.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mahogany pour with ruddy highlights (substansially darker than the beer pictured) a frothy head the parchment -tan color of an onion's papery outer skin. gorgeous buttery hazzlenut cookie aroma, with a spread of mango chutney in the mingling influences of yeast and hops. as the lace sags lugubriously down the glass in it's futile effort to rejoin the rest of the head, a quenching quaff reveals a mild carbonation and a wealth of toasty nutty-sweet malts dragging a slower-paced bounty of citrus hops behind. those combined flavors linger long and quite nicely, like the cool clear aftermath of a drenching rain shower on a summer day.
Ulla (17) - Halmstad, Nebraska, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the perfect combination for me, the British Bitter Ale Style combined with the European strength and body. Perfect!
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Colour is a beautiful dark copper with a rusty head. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Rich toffee aroma with notes of almond and dark tea. Flavour starts with full malt sweetness that quickly gives way to a spicey, lingering hop bitterness.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish bronze (certainly darker than it looks on the picture)appearance with a nice off-white foam. Cheesy aroma, I'm tempted by mild cheddar. Nice hops/malt balance, the aftertaste gets better and better as it warms with a pleasant almond feel.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty, toffeeish aroma, with notes of praline, tea leaves, very slight vanilla and English hops. Very dark amber-red color, with a lasting, creamy and fine head, some delicate lacing as well. Toffee/caramel toasty malt flavor profile, the muted fruitiness and sweetness balanced nicely by hints of bitter walnut and hop spice. Faintly earthy, malty, nutty and bittersweet finish. Smoothly effervescent mouthfeel, medium bodied. The bottle says premium bitter, and I'm more inclined to peg this as an ESB, too.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 (5.5% version)...Sweet toffee candy above slightly metallic aroma...Dry leaves hide under resting resinous hops which gently peer through the syrupy caramalt...Blades of grass sometimes rise through a couple drops of marzipan liqueur...Its nutty, syrupy backbone could get a bit irritating if taken as a session beer...Thanks CapFlu!...
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light aroma, some sweet malt with touch of bitterness. Average white head, dark amber/ruby look. Wide solid flavour, not a shy beer. A bit understated, really good flavour doesn’t last to land. Shame it could be something really nice.