BlackHaddock (4120) - 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.
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby coloured with a slight head and smooth finish. Well balanced and delightfully drinkable.A bit like drinking a weak port but nevertheless a very drinkable beer. Aftertaste is pleasant and rather gentle considering the 6 per cent strength.
Patrickctenchi (4070) - 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.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a frothy head. Sweet, leathery aroma. The taste begins with some sweet maltiness, but the bitter hit is prompt, ashy and aggressive. Just what I was feeling like today.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 First off, this has the best, biggest, longest lasting, most substantial, creamy head I've seen. Good aroma, some spicy wheat and hops in there. Nice amber-red color, quite hazy, bottle conditioned. Tons of lacing. Seeping with quality. Flavor is quite round and very fluffy, but has some nice bitter elements on the finish. A touch of dry, chewy caramel malt. Incredibly well done, big body, but needs more complexity to back it up. Gets a touch boring towards the end.
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the Our Glass bottle. Copper color with a thin white head. Some cereal grains and citrus hops in the nose. Bready malts and caramel sweetness with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.
BillKismet (3360) - 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.
TimE (3333) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper color, brussels lacing. Raspberries, ornages, cranberries, cinnamon in the nose. Light med body, cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, watery finish.
thegreenrooster (3299) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark hazy red with an average white head. Aroma is a nice mix of spice and cinnamon. Flavor is also a nice mix of flavors. Some hops show up but a nice spice hits the tounge along with some dustyness and caramel malts. A nice brew to sip on a cold night.
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich malty beer with deep caramel malts. The hops have a deep herbal flavors. The taste of the beer gives a real presence of English ale