zach8270 (3165) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a very beautiful deep ruby red with a very thin white head that disappears quickly. Good aroma of a mixture of hops and malt with a hint of caramel and toffee underneath. Very gentle malt taste with mixes of toffee and a slight citrus zing at the end. Goes down crisp and smooth with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Very tasty.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 (on bottle) Have had this on draft several times also. A really good english strong ale. Dark, malty color,,big on the chocolate/caramel aroma. What I like about the dark english beers are gathered in this brew; a big experience to the nose, lots of malts, dates to the taste and a respectable alcohol percentice. But what´s with the clear glass bottle???!!
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A gorgeous deep red color with very little head. A beautiful beer. Nice toffee and slight chocolate aroma. Taste is subtle with malt, chocolate, slight orange and some carmel. A refreshing brew. The clear bottle worried me, but I got a good one.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a red/brown colored beer with a nice head with usual british ale retention, i.e. not much. Carbonation is below standard and aroma is great with a mix of orange and caramel. Taste is quite refreshing with again a nice mix of sweet orange and caramel. The finish is quite dry. Overall, I would qualify this one as a good but not great English ale.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber/ruby color, not much carbonation or lacing. Delicate aroma lightly fruity-grapes, plums. Lighter in body than I expected with a caramel malt flavor, a nutty dryness and just a hint of acidity. Subdued hoppy bitterness in the finish. Drinkable but not particularly impressive.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light woody brown with a reddish hue around he edges. Aroma is sweet and malty. Fruit, malt, and wood on the tongue. Mild bitter finish. A decent beer for getting drunk. Otherwise it's bland and boring.
DanielBrown (3598) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hand pulled at The Rainbow, Digbeth, Birmingham. I swigged this with a musical backdrop provided by the funniest one-man-band I've ever heard, complete with eyepatch and comedy pirate voice! A dark beer, with a sweet nutty aroma. This was a bit too heavy for me, very sweet, with a teensy bit of metal and some caramel. Nice head, but ultimately this left me a bit queasy.
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - APR 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colored beer with a disappearing head. Weak malty and somewhat metallic aroma. Flavor is sweet malty with caramel notes and a bitter finish. Nice though quite watery.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Attractive coloring and a nice aroma of chocolate/toasted malts. Taste was good, but a little thin. A step up from Bass.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a mostly diminishing off-white head. Some caramel in the moderately malty aroma. Malty flavours up front, with light notes of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit, after which a lemony hop bitterness makes an appearance. Balanced finish. Nothing special, but a relatively competent strong, dark, English pale ale.