canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My specimen did have a noticeable head and, when combined with the dark tan body, resulted in a handsome presentation. I thought this tasted similar to an English ESB, like Fullerís, for example. Although this wasnít quite as balanced or good as Fullerís. The maltiness was just a little too much, and this resulted in an almost repulsively sweet finish. It seems a little off in the ending balance. This brew set out for the right intentions but needs further work. The potential is there.
Christian (11319) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Dark brown with little head. Malty aroma and a nice medium bitter flavour. Good creamy mouthfeel. Good average ale.
Cask conditioned: Just as average, same rating.
Choos (647) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma strong hop aroma with a slight parsnip and celery. Appearance deep ruby red, no head except for intial small bubbly head. Flavour fresh hop & malt with a hint of mocha, celery and carrot that drinks quite clean. Good slightly herbally hop aftertaste. Reasonably thick but not too balanced as its fairly bubbly. Kinda funky and interesting, would like to have another one but not the sort of thing I would drink all the time.
shadey (1929) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice amber. I was pleasantly suprised. Dark brownish color with good lacing. A nice nutty aftertaste.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish hue, with an aroma of dark malts. Semi-sweet malt flavor, some hop bitterness, quite tasty. Fruit character is mild. A decent ale.
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark brown, with a strong aroma of roasted malts, but I donít think they were of very good quality. There is a definate astringency to this one. Very nice mouthfeel, sweet and silky. Taste leaves something to be desired. The aftertaste was something like cheddar cheese, thick and creamy, makes the gorge rise.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet malt, and nice hops. Mid brown to red ale, nicely carbonated, butheldno head. Very well balanced flavour.
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Rerate 8 years later. Dark red, creamy white head. Decent malty, toasty aroma. Taste is slightly fruity, malty, with a soft medium body. Fruity linger. Not bad really - as far as these type of beers pasteurized go. Far better than 8 years ago anyway! Original Rating :
Didnít really like this one, but that has more to do with the clear bottle Iím sure (although I have tried on a couple of different occasions with the same results). Alcohol taste too prevalent for a 5.5% brew, off putting aroma, some bitterness but not much to go with a decent body. 2/4/5/2/7 05/10/2004
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good balance of malt and hops, nice fresh hop nose, some alcohol, clean. Dark ruby in color with a flavor of raisins and chocolate, good malt and hop balance, initially sweet then fades to bitterness. Slightly chewy, but with a medium mouthfeel. CO2 is too high, as with most bottled beers. Hard to improve on, other than to use a more estery yeast strain, could use some fruit aroma to match fruit flavor, and lower carbonation. Must have a fresh bottle.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Comes in a clear bottle...this usually means that itís not going to be any good...alright serious overgenerlaiztion sorry. I just did not like this brew. Pours like a coke or something. very fizzy. If you like that in an ale then get this one. Seems overcarbonated. Looks pretty. Nice rasiny ebony hue. Smells like a jock strap full of fuggles hops. EWWW!! Tastes like... a team squeezed theirs out into a fermenting carboy...awful!! This seems less like a strong ale and more like a brown ale like newcastle. If you like that winey (I use that term loosely)carbonated balsamic vinegar flavor hop on board.