Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good balance of malt and hops, nice fresh hop nose, some alcohol, clean. Dark ruby in color with a flavor of raisins and chocolate, good malt and hop balance, initially sweet then fades to bitterness. Slightly chewy, but with a medium mouthfeel. CO2 is too high, as with most bottled beers. Hard to improve on, other than to use a more estery yeast strain, could use some fruit aroma to match fruit flavor, and lower carbonation. Must have a fresh bottle.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Comes in a clear bottle...this usually means that it’s not going to be any good...alright serious overgenerlaiztion sorry. I just did not like this brew. Pours like a coke or something. very fizzy. If you like that in an ale then get this one. Seems overcarbonated. Looks pretty. Nice rasiny ebony hue. Smells like a jock strap full of fuggles hops. EWWW!! Tastes like... a team squeezed theirs out into a fermenting carboy...awful!! This seems less like a strong ale and more like a brown ale like newcastle. If you like that winey (I use that term loosely)carbonated balsamic vinegar flavor hop on board.
zach8270 (3217) - 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 (5080) - 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 (4490) - 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 (3625) - 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) - Ølbutikken, 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.