OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a medium ruby amber clear under a medium small lasting tan head. Slightly metallic woody, n stronger biscuit and light roasted malt aroma. Medium body. Chewy, lightly sweet golden syrup and caramel malt, and mild hop bitter flavoured start. Middle and finish lack oomph and character as it degenerates to a stalish bitter and weaker malts. Drinkable but not in the same league as the Fuller ales
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Full-bodied. Full-flavored ale. Tawny in color, thick in texture, hints of chocolate, cinnamon and a perfect balance of hops. Fun to drink in October right around Halloween because of its name and label artwork. So far my favorite of the Wychwood brews!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color, slightly ruby with a nice sheet of head and lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was slightly dusty and cobwebbish from the hops, I think it's an old bottle or perhaps the fact that it's a clear bottle. The flavor is pretty hoppy on this one, more than most ESA. This wasn't a bad beer, very run of the mill but I can see how it would be much better on tap.
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost opaque color and nice head. Heavy taste that has caramel and some burnt notes but seems to fade rather quickly to a dull finish.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown ale with a small, quick-dissapearing head. Faint malty aroma of caramel. Nutty, currant molasses flavours. Full-bodied beer, but still very smooth. Nice label too. Bottle.
thehoff (580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very nice English Ale. I had it at Arie's London Grill downtown Kalamazoo. Nice red/brown color. Nutty burnt marshmallow flavor. Slight hops bitterness but not overwhelming in the least. Very smooth. Very nice.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
As someone said before me, its a clear bottle and its not Skunky ! Dark brown, caramel and roasted malt beer. Not a strong beer, and it didn't seem like a trappist to me. But, it was enjoyable and refreshing.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice deep amber malt color. Good fruity but not too sweet aroma and flavor. Nice caramel notes. Good beer!
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
(bottled). Attractive brown/amber and brilliantly filtered clear. Rich caramel malt, medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, despite lowish carbonation (which is true to style). Quite subdued fruit esters and a strange truncated (albeit clean) very subdued bitter finish that just dissapeared except for a very faint oxidized note at the very tail. Unnoticeable alcoholic strength. This seems like a great ESB session beer to me, not a strong ale. My rating reflects the style guidelines, not the great drinkability. Extra strong? Extra Not. Extra drinkable? You bet. Were this sold as a traditional English Ale, I'd offer a 4.4 of 5.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mostly unimpressive strong ale. Color is elusive, going from brown in the initial pour to a nice golden amberish color. Flavor is very fruity and sweet, with a slight alchohol presence. I did not really care for this, but it was finishable.