jgb9348 (4816) - 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 (1944) - 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 (1503) - 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 (10499) - 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.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, small white head. Weak malty skunky aroma. Nutty, coffeeish flavour, notes of burnt sugar and english hops. Quite bitter finish.
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2003 Aroma is unimpressive. Flavor is slightly malty but mainly light and ordinary. This was a little disappointing. Whatever. Kill the hobgoblin!
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what's "extra strong" about this one - a pretty tame English Ale with very little carbonation and no head. Bitter, but not as much as most of its type. Caramel and roast, a bit of fruity aftertaste. Great label, not so great Ale.
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Copper coloured body from a nicely shaped bottle. Rather low carbonation. The little of head that there is taste the good fresh hops. Malty nose, nuts. Malty, but not too sweet in mouth, fruity, slight bitterness. Pleasant, english strong ale style is indeed questionable.