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 (768) - 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 (3000) - 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.
zach8270 (3959) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a very beautiful deep ruby red with a very thin white head that disappears quickly. Good aroma of a mixture of hops and malt with a hint of caramel and toffee underneath. Very gentle malt taste with mixes of toffee and a slight citrus zing at the end. Goes down crisp and smooth with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Very tasty.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 (on bottle) Have had this on draft several times also. A really good english strong ale. Dark, malty color,,big on the chocolate/caramel aroma. What I like about the dark english beers are gathered in this brew; a big experience to the nose, lots of malts, dates to the taste and a respectable alcohol percentice. But whatīs with the clear glass bottle???!!
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A gorgeous deep red color with very little head. A beautiful beer. Nice toffee and slight chocolate aroma. Taste is subtle with malt, chocolate, slight orange and some carmel. A refreshing brew. The clear bottle worried me, but I got a good one.
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a red/brown colored beer with a nice head with usual british ale retention, i.e. not much. Carbonation is below standard and aroma is great with a mix of orange and caramel. Taste is quite refreshing with again a nice mix of sweet orange and caramel. The finish is quite dry. Overall, I would qualify this one as a good but not great English ale.