redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium /dark ruby color with a thin head. Malt aroma with musty hop aroma. Slight hop taste, malts, slight toffee. Very slight port like quality.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crystal clear brown with a small (expected) light tan head. Initial earthy and toasty malt aromas which tend to get a bit more fruity as it warms. Hints of spicy hops and light licorice. Smooth, thin and slick in feel. Light dry sweetness in the start balance well by the darker malts and hops. Light medicinal pepper and mild fruit finish. This is one of those that makes you sit back and ponder the brew and its complexities. Is it world class, with its slight, conspicuous nuances; or just good, with its lack of grap you by the nose and throat qualities. To me it is one of those beers that bring you back to the realm of traditional brewing - Flavorful, relaxing, simply complex and balance. Ah, it's gone! What the hell am I taking about?
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled Our Glass)Ruby red with thin head. Strong woody/fruity nose. Sweet with a cascade of malts and fruits on the tounge turns to a curly hop finish. A very fine English ale. I could drink many but the 6% shows itself quickly!
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An english strong ale from England, to much of a rarity in these parts! Deep amber, buit fairly flat looking--it may have sat for a bit at the beer fest. An initial impression was that it was fairly hoppy for an ESA, but curls of candy malt soon caught the attention of the olfactory sense. The flavor is fairly hoppy as well, this brew, said to be bottle conditioned, seemed like it was overripe and underdeveloped--still in its infancy. If this was a fish we would be forced to throw it back. Oh well.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Deep amber colour, slight burgundy hue. Nice lacy white that clung to the glass to the finish. Big malty aroma, sweet malty taste with good bitter depth and structure. Sharp on the palate and refreshing for such a strong ale.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handpump at Max's on Broadway. Fruity basic bitter with a great head. I mean it when I say this is great session beer. Not hugely complex, nothing awe-inspiring, just damned good English ale.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Max's - This beer was "pulled" English style, served at room temp. It had very little carbonation, but seemed to be the right amount for the style. A tasty English Beer that I would get again.
leaparsons (7671) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is roasted and nutty with a touch of licourice. Looks pretty good too - a very dark ruby coloured beer. Tastes of winter fruits and licourice with roast character. Quite juicy and mouthfilling on the palate. Good long finish too. Good beer.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Scant head. Minimal nose. Ver low carbonation. Bitter and fruity. Lots of wood flavors. Very English tasting. This bottle was a high fill and was served cold, which may be the reason for the low carbonation.