SamP01 (559) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cloudy ruby hue with a large lasting tan head on the pour with good lacing throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity notes, plums, dates, liquorice and some light alcohol esters. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity flavors of plum, liquorice, some yeast, raisins and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisin notes, light liquorice flavor with a slight pungent sweet bitter ending. Overall this brew was quite good tasty and enjoyable, very nice.
McGarnigle (550) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Our Glass bottle with a bit of crumpet on the label. Not dated. Pours clear ruby with everlasting head (and great lacing down the side of the glass too). Smooth body with soft fizz. Caramel and raisin malt backbone. The hops hit the back of the throat to dry it out. As it warms, fruity esters really come through, but too warm and there’s sherry booziness to it. Still a really good British beer, but pricey here in the States.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a thin off white head. Slight aroma of malt with a taste of malt. Fairly smooth.
fdomig (363) - München, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Appearance is wonderful dark amber with a small white head. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet. A soft carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good English Ale.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
illustration of sexy blonde babe on bottle. dark amber brown. faint tobacco aroma. initial malty sweetness followed by a dry bitter bite of hops. feels thin and crisp. good stuff.
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!
leebotton (189) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barely any aroma. If anything, a slightly TCP tinged malty character. Looks good though, dark brown / reddish with a good amount of bubbles rising for the style. Thick, sweet, caramel deep malt flavour balances well with the bitterness from the hops. Can taste the alcohol, good full body, almost oily. A great standard beer.
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly reddish-copper color. Head evaporates quickly. sweet malt aroma with a slight burnt tinge. Has an odd mix of tastes. First you taste the malt, then has a slight Belgian feel. Almost like a dark belgian ale. A little on the weak side body wise. Not too bad but not great either.
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
has a nice redish color to it. thought it was better when it was a liittle warmer but has a nice sweetness to it and a little spice to.
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb. Incongruously poured a 500ml into a liter glass. Whatever. It fits! In this dim light I can find no exp date. Pillowy half inch light tan head. Slightly misty iced tea brown. Nose of lightly toasted wheat, rye, myriad nuts, pears, and banana bread cooling on a stoop far off; as well as fading hints of caramel, cocoa, coffee, and cream of cinnamon, again -fading- this beer is roving complexity. Mouthfeel is perfect. Balanced to its core. I’m compelled to compare it to all the other British pale/full pale ales available in CT. Its closest cohort is Fullers ESB, but the extra few percentiles of ABV give it a noticeable edge: more chewy, more dry, less raw bread, more brown cracker. Not as sweet as the delicious Black Sheep. Certainly more bodifull than Coniston Bluebird (my other Brit fave), but possibly as dry. Much richer than the refreshing St Pete’s Ale. Not as one-trick as the overtly hoppy Sam Smith Nut Brown. Easier to sink your teeth into than the subtle Pitchfork. Dead on in strength: 6%. Quintessential cool-whether pale ale when Fullers 1845 is just too much.