thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of frothy light tan colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy body with finely sized yeast floaties that was brown in color. The aroma was mild with sweet malty notes and the mouth feel was vinous and tingly from start to finish. The sweet malty flavor left a semi-thick feeling in my mouth.
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?
dwyerpg (4778) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Absolutely no head. Some pretty dry hops, but mostly it just tastes flat. That said, its weirdly grainy flavor is still pretty good, just not great.
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany into an English pint. Off-white micro head. Licorice notes. Creamy with a sharp, lasting licorice bitter finish.
BlackHaddock (4681) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned 500ml: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 16 Oct 2012 @ home. The bottle had a best before date of 20 Jan 2013.
Dull reddy brown body with a full head of white bubbles on top.
The nose was semi-sweet malty molasses with a mini-hint of spicy hops arriving as the beer warmed in the glass.
The taste was also malty with a hop bitterness coming late on each sip. Woody, nutty and malty, loads to find in the flavours to be honest: a very complex and enjoyable brew.
The alcohol level sat well within the body strength and couldn’t be detected: always a good sign in my eyes.
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle poured a reddish-brown color with a small off-white head and some fine lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted malts. Taste is a pleasant malty sweetness with a mild hoppy bitter finish. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a nice representation of the style and was an enjoyable tasting experience.
DutchDrebus (4598) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber to brownish colour. Smells a bit like a stout: roasty and coffee. Also some wort smell. Tastes sweet and malty. Active carbo, nice full body.
Patrickctenchi (4582) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly cloudy, amber-red with a medium-sized tan head.
Scent is cola...caramel.
Taste is deeply fruited, sweet and soft.
Bread, toast, raisin.....
.......oh, ....the label art rules.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle (labeled as "Our Glass") from Julios Liquors in Westborough, MA (Feb 2006). Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay glass. No date, of course, like you’d want to know how old this 6% English beer is before shelling out $5. Sigh, my own fault. Anyway, it’s muddy dark brown with a dried blood-reddish haze to it, just a tiny touch of immediately dying head...nose is caramel, touch buttery but not overly so, quite oaky, oxidized, rather elegant to my nose but also faint and old....the body is port-like, smooth and oxidized with light hints of metal, upon which light cherry flavor and woody somewhat astringent hops rest....grows drier after midpalate though the beginnning thinness of the beast is less apparent. Lovely bottle, not quite so lovely contents.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a small tan head that fully dissipated, no lacing, minimal carbonation, cloudy, and a brown orange hue. Nose was malty, caramel and lightly hoppy. Flavor was malty, bitter, caramel, and hops. Tingly palate. Medium body.