Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown with a mostly diminishing off-white head. Some caramel in the moderately malty aroma. Malty flavours up front, with light notes of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit, after which a lemony hop bitterness makes an appearance. Balanced finish. Nothing special, but a relatively competent strong, dark, English pale ale.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Every time I find an English beer in the bottle shop I gulp and wince at the prospect of handing over $8 for something that could be just another ordinary Pommy ale. At least my expectations are realistic as this is just another ordinary Pommy ale. Bugger it.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small head with light lacing. Initial mouthfeel is soft with almost no carbination. Very light citrus/chocolate nose. Finishes with rasin/choclate tastes. Maybe good in England, but does not travel well.
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 (3671) - 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.