guzzler67 (1473) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Attractive dark brown appearance. Had a somewhat nutty, earthy aroma. Taste was thin and rather one dimensional - malty with little hop balance. Not something I would classify as a Strong Ale; if anything, more like a weak schwartzbier.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one came in a 16.9oz clear bottle. Isn't it bad for the yeast to put it in a clear bottle? Surprisingly, it wasn't skunky. Pours a nice brown/amber color with a really small head that dies off quickly. The aroma is fruity and slightly hoppy. Smells a little flat. The taste is very smooth with very little carbonation. It is sweet and malty as well. The local pub is going to have this one on tap soon and I'll be sure to be there for the event. Good beer.
bluevegie (3039) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much of a head, licorice colour, nice roasted malt and bitter flavours with an oily syrupy texture and an alcoholic finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
What a pretty label...
Strong malt aroma. Dark copper/brown ale. Moderate head but not long-lasting. Notably bitter with a roasted malt flavour. Claims to a fruity character appear unfounded. This is a drinkable beer but ultimately not memorable. Bottle (clear).
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy brown colour with a very thin tan head. Very malty aroma with strong hints of chocolate (milk and low percent cacao). Medium-bodied; A nice balance of malt and hops, good spiceyness and an assertive chocolate character. Somewhat subtle in flavour compared to the aroma, but still very pleasant. An average beer, nothing offensive, nothing too spectacular. Overall, worth trying if you've had every other 'better' english beer! I bought this single 500 mL bottle at Harris Teeter in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia and sampled it on 30-August-2003.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant fruity aroma. The flavor has maly/grainy notes and I thought the body was a bit thin.
r464 (1733) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 This ale didn't strike me as particularly interesting. The flavor is not unappealing, just not very distinguished. Tried in bottle in London.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is deep cherry, mahogany, very thin head. aroma is of berry, cola..dont really pick up on the chocolate mentioned in the description. flavor is somewhat thin with subtle hints of cherry cola and has a finish reminiscent of campfire wood.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red/brown, small head and almost no carbonation. The aroma is malty, slighty fruity, and metallic. Very sweet flavor with some malt and hops apparent. Pleasant flavor but it's like water on the palate.
bierkoning (9747) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet apple aroma. Malty apple flavor. Some caramelly hopbitterness. Just a bit of butterscotch. Sweet apple aftertaste with some bitterness. Slightly disappointing.