ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Gyle 39. Well this seems to be an interesting gyle, thatís for sure. Pours a chestnust brown, mostly clear, but bottle conditioned, with a small off-white head. Aroma seems to be the best part of this beer, with prune, dark grape, deep barley and plenty of oily vinousness notes. Flavor is roasted barley, chocolate and light brown malts but I stress light, as this beer barely makes it as an Old Ale. Given the strong yeast presence, the musty/dustiness and light hints of alcohol (alcohol presence at 4.6?? wow) I can see why itís an old ale, but it barely seems a porter let alone a strong, brown and porter mix. Anyways, itís tastey enough, albeit quite thin. The yeast tastes exactly like J.W. Lees. Good and drinkable. Coincidence that the U.S.A ratings are markedly lower than the UK ratings? Definitely not.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Conditioned, at the Wenlock Arms (Beer Festival), London.
This festival was to commemorate the 10year anniversary of the pubs re-opening under Steve and Will. Dark brown with slight reddish tinge. Sweet and completely misleading aroma. Malty structure but with plenty of bitterness too. Not really a well defined stout but nonetheless pleasant. Many thanks to the Governor Steve for buying me this pint.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (Huddersfield BF 2004): Dark brown appearance. Winey, roasted aroma. Malty, licorice, mildly roasted flavor, sweet light fruitiness.
Sigmund (4538) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Bought at Memorable Cheeses, Ipswich. Very dark brown colour, cloudy (I poured the yeast in). Very low head. Lovely "old" aroma of leather, oak, coffee and dark fruits. Flavour is fruity and vinegary, roast notes. Acidic finish. Not bad.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-red. Nose malty and sweet. Taste similar, candied plums, nutty, nice bitterness at the end. Gets a mite thin at the end, still good.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Re-Rate. @Hants Bowman. As before wonderfully thick and creamy with rich malt flavours. This time had a wonderful drinkable balance (7,4,7,5,16).
Cask-conditioned @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Roasted almonds, malt and fruity aromas. Thick refreshing and creamy. Very easy drinking and well balanced. (7,4,7,4,13)
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - APR 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge thick head sitting atop a dark brew with reddish tint. Full roasted malt nose. A little disappointed at the thin watery body. Flavor is not living up to the nose but to the body. Nothing really asserting itself in the flavor department. Quite a disappointment.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gyle #L24(kool huh?)
Small light brown head, short lived. Clear dark brown color. Faint aroma of malt, licorice and some spiceyness. Med/thin body. Dry, malt flavor, some hop spice, thin. Finish is dry. Boring.
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Handpump At The Cricketers,Ipswich.Another good one from Woodfordes,they have a taste that took me a while to get used to,finding these beers on cask in good nick made the difference.A nice fruity ale,well good.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask, at the Hogshead, Birmingham. Quite an unusual one this. Dark, black-red colour, with not too much in the way of a head. Sour, leafy aroma. Blackberry and Eldeflower taste, with some coffee on the finish. This is sweet and warming, with a longish finish. OK.