haukur (1164) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 a very smokey aroma. Taste was smoked, toasted, "earthy" and had tiny hints of fruit. Surprisingly bitter... nothing special I must say.. but I'm interested in trying this again and maybe re rating it
ClarkVV (3760) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 The flavor in this beer sneaks up on you, and then calls to you, it dosent jump out and seize you. It pours a red/brown deep color and has a nice off-white walnut colored head, though not much of it.
Initial taste is VERY subdued and muted. However lacking of flavor it seems at first, the palette is warm, round and smooth and it finishes easy, albeit a bit thin. I saw some potential, and summoning up a lot of patience, waited til the beer was room temp. It finally brought forth a complex mix of malt/bitters/caramel/toffee and nut flavors all perfectly melded, with a warm fruit finish. However, they were still not exactly abounding, to say the least. If they could take the flavor and magnify it about 3 times over, I have no doubt this would be one of the worlds best beers, alas, as it is, it is just a good, balanced but lacking of flavor brew. Gotta love the commercial description of "powerful" and "full-bodied". No and No.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet and sour, not earthy and leathern like I expect my English Strongs to be. Corny/DMSey as ecrvich states. More than disappointing. Lifeless in the glass too.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
toasty nose, slight faint fruit. very dark reddish brown, sweet nutty. spritzy feel. starts sugarym really unremarkable
rlgk (9022) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2003 A brown-reddish ale with a full head that disappears quite quickly. Hints of chocolate in its taste, and it is also somewhat smoky. Best part of it is definately the bottle, which is a master piece. That bottle definately is worth of a better inside...
ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow this is a damn good beer. i was kinda hesitant about payin 3.99 for a 500 ml, but i figure if it cost that you cant go wrong, i was right, this is a great ale. something i will purchase again :)
SecretSquirrel (20) - Sheffield, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not special, but a consistently good brew. I've never had the pleasure of trying the cask conditioned, but the bottled version is actually quite refreshing without loss of character when chilled a little.
The only gripe I have is that I can never find it around hallow'een due to the carling drinkers buying it for "novelty value" :?
Sigmund (4667) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500 ml bottle). Dark brown colour, low head. Aroma of malts and ensilage. Flavour has some maltiness, some bitterness - but lacks complexity. Cool bottle and label promises more than the beer keeps. Probably better cask conditioned?
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark as night with a bit of head, but it died quickly. There's a tad bit of an aroma. The beer itself is chalky, spicy, and somewhat smoky. Pretty good European style ale.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
brownish-amber color with small tan head. a very mild beer, some spiciness and fruit, but overall nothing exciting