jerohen (1931) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Typical british crap (no offence). Bitter and a bit smoky. I could finish it, but it's not the greatest.
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, caramel),
with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic,
moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately
bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively
carbonation, slightly metallic. I can't explain why a British ale would
have a DMS smell, but this sample most certainly does...for a moment I
thought I'd accidentally poured a can of Henry Weinhard's Private
Reserve by mistake, but no. A bit unbalanced and not exactly the
PorterPounder (4936) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 Slight, beady white head. Has a bit of a hoppy aroma - looks like brewed dark tea. Good bitter flavor - also sort of a smoky undertone to it. I also detect a bit of mint in the after taste. Overall a decent ale - would not categorize it as a "strong ale" though - would make a good session ale.
rickgordon (3828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Hints of toffee and coffee in the aroma. Toffee/Light chocolate flavor. I would prefer less carbonation...
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A little too sweet for my liking. It came in a cool English bottle, however. Poured out a light brown, almost clear enough to see thru. Tasted sweet, like Newcastle, but had a bit more malt flavor to it. Not something I'd go out of my way to buy again, though.
Eirikur (351) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 15, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very special Ale, I like it, it leaves you wandering if you liked it or not, there is little hops but alot more of malt,the head vanishes quickly and the smell is nice old spices and nuts.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bit of molasses in the aroma with very little hops. Mediocre aroma. Dark brown clear with wispy off-white head. Medium carb and medium watery body. Light malt taste, not very sweet. Hops give a slightly tart flavor and mild bitterness in the finish. After is dry and nutty. Overall, kind of watery and nothing too special.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark colour, caramel-like. Spicy aroma. Quite flat flavour, little spicy, dominating caramel.
jonas (5259) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Bottle. Fruity, berrylike nose, light caramel.
Dark brown amber, low head.
Nice balance, bitter hops, berries, heather honey.
Medium mellow body.
Light roast, berry and herbal finish.
Hansen (5976) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 20, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Near a normal british ale. Bitterness and some wauge notes of chocolade and laqurice, but not much. Easy to drink, finish bitter.