Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty and full bodied, and that peculiar hoppiness that creates, to me, a signature Young's taste. Quite good.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'd probably rate this better if I could actually drink a whole bottle. However, every time I have one, it finds a way to explode on me.
Hansen (6803) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great: Amber and fine lasting head. I couldn't detect any particular aroma. Exellent taste with a lot of malt.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that lingers. It has a good hoppy aroma with a nice malt backbone. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is good and hoppy up front, but then the malty sweetness takes over and dominates the finish with a nice fruitiness. Very nicely balanced between the hops and sweetly fruity malts, this is one of the better English strong ales I have had and the best offering I have had from Young's. Very nice.
JFGrind (1857) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is amazing how a change in this beer's temperature can alter the taste. At first pour the ice cold Special Ale had an almost cream ale aftertaste. After a temperature rise of ten degrees the beer took on a hardy mouthfeel. I enjoyed the hop flavor combined with the malt sweetness. This is an excellent English Strong Ale.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a beautiful amber body topped by a thick lasting head with a good amount of lace left on the glass. Sweet lemony hop aroma with a good malty balance. Sweet malty flavor with a strong lemony hop background and a sweet malty finish. Medium to full bodied, relatively smooth and slightly oily.
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm rarely impressed with bottled beer that has crossed the Atlantic and this beer is no different. Bought in South London you will rarely find a bitter as inviting and satisfying with wonderful hops, malt and fruit with a wonderful mineraly aftertaste. Many stumbling nights can be traced directly back to this beer. In Vancouver, I've never purchased a representative that does not taste stale. It makes me want to cry.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Only slightly hazy copper color. Slight spice/citrus, but mostly a nice hops taste.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not impressed with the aroma. Kind of dusty and stale smelling. Looks great with copper color body and nice head. Flavor is very nice indeed! Big fruitiness up front followed by malts and a hop finish. The more it taste it the more I like it.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper body with a small lasting white head. Aroma is toffee with sweet bread notes. Flavour is sweet with notes of toffee and light spices. Also some fruit flavour and yeasty taste. Palate is very smooth with a bitter and citrus closing. A very good ale.