Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel, hot-buttered rum, and buttered toast and orange marmalade all wrapped up in a cloudy dark golden package with a tiny, lasting head, this beer is a true English delight. Very fine carbonation makes everything about this beer tingly; there’s the substantial fruity malting, the very earthy yeast, and the subtle hop bite that can all be discerned. The balance here reminds me of one of the best American takes on a British style, that being Alesmith’s ESB. The only tiny negative is that a wee bit of alcohol is somewhat noticeable even while fairly cold, but it doesn’t get stronger upon warming. Superbly crafted beer. A delicious beer, sent to me by one RateBeerian and enjoyed in a glass that I received down in Atlanta when I had the pleasure of the company of aracauna and his wife, gthank and thebeercollector. RateBeer is indeed my pub.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lt golden brown, smallish head. A bottle conditioned, British “strong” ale? or IPA?. Nicely malty, somewhat fruity, complex flavors, slightly hoppy. Smooth taste, slight malt sweetness. Nice beer. Good taste. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very slightly bitter.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 Oct, 2002 Legendary beer that has passed through a number of breweries. There are constant fears that this will be killed off when a new brewery takes over, and there have been long gaps in production, but this has now been saved by the Bass specialist brewery, The Museum Brewing Company in Burton on Trent. A classic, excellent. [3.5]
Feb, 2003 I compared this to the Belgium brewed Bass Pale Ale and to The Beer Station’s Iron Horse. The Worthington did very well. [3.7]
May, 2006 Blind Tasting: Fizzy. Bitter. Some toffee. Some orange. Around 5%. An average premium bitter. Clean tasting - filtered?
When drinking it after the blind tasting I found elements of sweet malt and pleasant hop flavour that I thought were very good. Much better than my blind tasting suggested. But give this beer another name, and would I be trying so hard to find good things about it? [2.7]
Feb, 2009 Gravity cask at White Cliffs Fest, Dover Very sweet with some earthy hop bite. A delicious brew - more open and flavoursome than the bottle. Great condition. Good fruit. [3.7]
Nov, 2011 Part of the RateBeer online tasting. It’s a peppery/powdery bitter beer with some caramel malt struggling underneath. It’s a decent enough traditional strong bitter / IPA for those who like such things, but for me the powdery hops are off-putting. The beer is much better with a bit of age when the bitterness has settled. What makes it worthwhile is the long history, and it is a direct link to the original India Pale Ales. A beer to keep alive for sure, so worth buying now and again to keep it going. [3.2]
Aug, 2012 500ml dark glass bottle from Morrison’s. Bottle conditioned. There’s an acidic and gassy carbonation that I’m not enjoying. Calm, clear amber colour. Toffee malt. Some moderately assertive bittering hops. Drinkable. [3.1]
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 08/28/02: As with the ’Olde Suffolk’, this beer is approaching 3 years old. Pours a cloudy deep amber, the head is minimal, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, caramel, nutty sweet, hints of fusel alcohol. Front is sweet, the top is medium, the finish is dry, acidic and has a nice hop bite. Alcohol bitter aftertaste. Ranks #289 on my current 1000 beer master list.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer hasn’t been imported into america for a while, but this sample has been refrigerated the entire time and is still holding up quite well. Extremely bready, yeasy aroma and almost pervasive bread yeast flavor. Underneath are some nice subtle maltiness and solid hopping. The chalky water is very apparent and quite pleasant. Good beer, just too much of the bakers yeast flavor to be exceptionally enjoyable to me.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 Pretty nice little brew. Very hoppy aroma, and very hoppy taste, relatively dry, bitter hop finish, lots of flavour, but not over the top, i kind of liked it this time.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth bitterness and a somewhat yeasty liquorice-flavour makes this beer a winner in my book!
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of a nut brown ale with a decent head. The alcohol could be better hidden. A strong malt flavor and more like a Belgian ale than most British brews. A quality beer.
RichardGretton (4108) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer, with an airy head. The flavour is a mixture of sweetness followed by bitterness. It has something different about it that many English beers don’t have, a complex flavour. Nice.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
slightly merky looking, with little head or carbonation. The malty aroma is deep. The strength of taste is superb. Bonfire toffee notes, with bags of malt and hops. The taste remains in the palate for ages. A truely tastey and drinkable ale! Yum!