Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 From a Bottle. This is a nice dark amber colour with a good head,good malt fruit and hop aroma,taste is just so bloody good with a vanilla ice cream twang,earthy,wood,leather,sweet and dark malts,orange marmalade and lime with a bitter dry finish.I am glad it is still around,a regular beer at home,always a good experience.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent gold color, pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of classic Engish IPA, malty with degree of sulfur, or rotting twigs. Hopped with maybe East Kent? it is bitter, but not the citrus or piney bitterness that I've grown to enjoy. Finish is dry and somewhat tangy. Thanks TAR for this one.
imdownthepub (10738) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Conditioned Ale. Brown amber with tightly knit head. More malty than I remember, though I had aged this bottle to 3 yrs. Beautifully yeast head and then a fruity body, plums and some banana. Rich flavours amd palate, low carbonation. A fizzy, tangy finish, not too bitter but well balanced, the alcohol mixes well with the body. One of the best BCA's to be found in Blighty, chipper.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not an IPA by todays standards, but still a nice refreshing ale with clean sweet malts that get almost chocolatey as it warms and a decent bitterness at the finish. Pretty good.
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt, sugar coffee chocolate, melted powdered sugar foam. Really fizzy mouthfeel. Very much like a traditional bitter rather than an IPA. More malted than hopped, I would say. Good overall.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty nose with toffee tones. Cloudy light brown colour like muddy water and a foamy white head. Good solid ale malty at first with treacle tone and a sappy complex. The finsh is hoppy bitter with fruit tones. A really good ale, leagues better than that aweful, drain pour, nitro crap that Worthingtons push out in the main stream.
RobBestwick (613) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bananas, apples and malts in the nose, dark murky brown hue, good head and well laced, malty with apple undertones, sour malty aftertaste, a good complex IPA
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2003 nice and bready pale ale crisp tastes. Bass' big brother and it tastes like they passed the formula on to King and Barnes. Thin body makes for EZ drinking. Would take is over most of your Trappists Raisin Brews.
Schroppfy (2360) - 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 (5319) - 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.