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.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color with slight malt aroma.Fruity alcohol flavor. Sweet malts are fairly strong.Smooth slightly tart finish
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is of alcohol and dark malts, with a flavor of fruits, namely sour apples. The alcohol flavoring adds a nice kick. Smooth.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear bottle. Not skunky!. Nice brown color with thin, but lasting head. Slightly fruity aroma, with a certain maltyness. Pleasant malty flavor that reminds me of Octoberfest beers. I really enjoyed this. Much better than many typically made American equivalents.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty and lightly bready malt aroma, toasty and grainy with hints of chocolate and toffee, combined with a light-moderate amount of fruity, spicy English hops. Medium-dark red-amber in color, clear, with a finely creamy head. Dark brown sugar and toffeeish malt flavors, with a modicum of hop flavors right alongside, providing a spicy, mild bite. Brief glimpses of red apple fruitiness and a slight woodiness, leading to a tangy finish. Smooth palate, light-medium bodied and a moderate amount of effervesence. Quite drinkable.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells a bit skunked but tastes fine. Good head, very dark beer-it's a clear bottle and I can't see through it.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle--brown glass!) Dark brown with small tan head. Spice aroma with earthiness /must. Earthy roasted malt aroma. Not skunky. Body is a bit thin.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 An exceptional British Ale with a smooth mellow nut brown caramel twist. reminds me of a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale. Excelent appearance with a poor head. Exceptional malty/nutty flavor with a perfect clear reddish brown appearance.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Clear bottle. UH-OH. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Nose is a musty nut brown and malt mix. It almost smells flat. The tongue is met with a malted dry nutty body. Finishes with some stale bitterness. Average at best.
Re-rate: Finally in a brown bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate foamy tan head. Nose is toasty and semi-sweet with light toffee and lots of floral hoppiness. Light tea notes and some earthiness as well. Taste is SO MUCH BETTER. Toasty malts, flowery hops, light spice and earthiness, dried fruits, caramel. Body is creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes with spicy and earthy hops, lots of flowery notes, some tea leaves and light grain. This is league sbetter in a rbown bottle. This is two Wychwood beers in a row that have been very good and lack the disappointing flavor and aroma that the clear bottles seemed to impose. Previous numbers were 5, 3, 5, 2, 11.