belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet malt aroma with a bit of roastiness. Good malt backbone with the roasted malt nicely balanced and a touch of bitterness. Maltiness carries through to the finish nicely. An enjoyable English Ale.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 12, 2004
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours a reddish brown with a thin head. malty cookie aromas with a slight cherry aroma. malt flavors with some fruit and an off burnt flavor. its harsh and lingering, somewhat medicinal. I think a hobgoblin pissed in the beer. not much good to say about this one.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My specimen did have a noticeable head and, when combined with the dark tan body, resulted in a handsome presentation. I thought this tasted similar to an English ESB, like Fullerís, for example. Although this wasnít quite as balanced or good as Fullerís. The maltiness was just a little too much, and this resulted in an almost repulsively sweet finish. It seems a little off in the ending balance. This brew set out for the right intentions but needs further work. The potential is there.
Christian (11025) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Dark brown with little head. Malty aroma and a nice medium bitter flavour. Good creamy mouthfeel. Good average ale.
Cask conditioned: Just as average, same rating.
Choos (591) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma strong hop aroma with a slight parsnip and celery. Appearance deep ruby red, no head except for intial small bubbly head. Flavour fresh hop & malt with a hint of mocha, celery and carrot that drinks quite clean. Good slightly herbally hop aftertaste. Reasonably thick but not too balanced as its fairly bubbly. Kinda funky and interesting, would like to have another one but not the sort of thing I would drink all the time.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice amber. I was pleasantly suprised. Dark brownish color with good lacing. A nice nutty aftertaste.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish hue, with an aroma of dark malts. Semi-sweet malt flavor, some hop bitterness, quite tasty. Fruit character is mild. A decent ale.
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark brown, with a strong aroma of roasted malts, but I donít think they were of very good quality. There is a definate astringency to this one. Very nice mouthfeel, sweet and silky. Taste leaves something to be desired. The aftertaste was something like cheddar cheese, thick and creamy, makes the gorge rise.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet malt, and nice hops. Mid brown to red ale, nicely carbonated, butheldno head. Very well balanced flavour.
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Rerate 8 years later. Dark red, creamy white head. Decent malty, toasty aroma. Taste is slightly fruity, malty, with a soft medium body. Fruity linger. Not bad really - as far as these type of beers pasteurized go. Far better than 8 years ago anyway! Original Rating :
Didnít really like this one, but that has more to do with the clear bottle Iím sure (although I have tried on a couple of different occasions with the same results). Alcohol taste too prevalent for a 5.5% brew, off putting aroma, some bitterness but not much to go with a decent body. 2/4/5/2/7 05/10/2004