steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Little to no head. Nice mahogony color. Not real flavorful. No hop nose, no fruityness. Malty body with no significant mouthfeel. I might have had an old bottle of this from my local beer store.
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It's a long way from Witney to Dallas. Alas, the flavor must have been confiscated at customs. I gave this ample opportunity to warm up and blossom, but it never did. A rich dark, nutty color suggested lots of roasted malts, and it did have a rather attractive palate that was smooth, silky, and rich. A strong level of carbonation as well, somewhat stinging even after some time. The aroma gave a typical caramel-like essence but there was little in the flavor to match the expectations it produced. Some nuttiness at the back end, if anything. It is all too familiar a story for the Wychwood beers I've had, both on tap in Oxfordshire and in bottle in the U.S.--underperforming relative to the sophistication of their marketing and labels.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Because of my ancestry I feel bad asking why those silly Brits call this a strong ale. There's nothing strong about it. Some interesting fruity/malt flavors, but the body is very thin.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its called strong dark ale.Dark right but strong? Its the same w/w as Stella for godsake!Port wine and malt nose.Good off-white head which quickly disappears as does the lacing.500ml clear glass bottle Flat and clear with few bubbles.The light acidic malty flavour with liquorice toffee overtones compensates for its shortcomings particularly how flat it looks.It is a lovely tasting beer.nb I couldn't detect any fruit.Full mouthfeel. dry chemical finish.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nicely balanced with a strong bitter hop flavour. Better then I was expecting.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour. Dark Ruby color. Great taste, overall a very nice suprise. Didn't know what to expect. Turned out to be a pleasant suprise.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Stale taste. Some fruitiness that was overwhelmed by a creeping skunkiness. Looked good and poured well, but remember the adage about judging books by their cover.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average aromas from decent white(ish) head. Good looking beer. Strong malt taste with mild hop tone.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with low head. Fruity aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and rather hoppy.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Redbrown with thin beige head.
Burnt aroma with tones of meat stock and smoke.
Coffee in the mouth. Also tones of sour apple and soap. A bit malty start. Tiny bitter finish.