loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great interplay between the hops bitterness and the malty sweetness. Full body. Nice golden color. Seems like a perfectly balanced ale.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light copper body, with quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel and toffee maltiness, with slight English hoppy aroma bringing up the rear. Flavor is malty sweet, with decent amount of hoppiness -- still, sweetness is a bit much. Chewy body.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malty sweet, very slightly caramel aroma with some hoppiness. Deep golden brown color. Sweet flavor without much complexity, though there is some fruity sweetness in the beginning and some slightly bitter hoppiness in the end.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite tasty. seems like belgian yeast. pretty fruity
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2.5 years past its used by date. Peeeuuuke! Stinks like a cheap sherry depthcharged light beer shandy. Tastes like one too, but I cant hold that against it so I’ll go for the average score.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very high quality Ale with some very complex and wonderful flavor. It is good on a cold winter’s day.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 I can see why this is one of the highest-rated Young's beers. A quality ale with some complexity, and the alcohol is fairly well concealed. A pleasure to drink. Copper-colored, of course. One of the best Young's brews. My bottle was sort of murky yet deliciously mild and malty.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2005 Drinking this made me feel like I was eating panettone. Powerful fruity aroma with noticeable alcohol. Succulent buttery body - rich sultana, fig and date fruitiness - heaps of spicy hop character without overbalancing it in the bitterness dept. Tasty dry herbal aftertaste and a good alcohol kick. rer8: how is this an english strong ale and not an IPA i ask you. i like this more every time i have it - heaps of leafy, peppery hop flavour on a mellow, woody, fruity base, fullbodied but swillable, it’s what i think of when i think of a good IPA. rer8 2 years later: i still love this beer, even though the rest of young’s’s (where does that apostrophe go?) beers suck. warm maris otter, tasty mix of pawpaw esters and earthy, resinny hop flavour sitting on top, with a dry, minerally finish.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown color, sweet roasted malt flavor.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think this beer is a classic case of the whole being less that the sum of its parts. There’s some great grapefruit hops flavors and some nice sweet malt in here. However the flavors just never seem to mesh together. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an unpleasant beer, it just never seems to come together in the end.