Aurelius (4034) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was very faint and disappointing. Cidery, biscuity with a tangy hop finish. Citrus notes. Aftertaste gets buttery and the hop builds. Good soft water ale, and the finish builds. I don't like Young's as good as Fullers or Sam Smiths, but this is pretty solid. Good appearance, good homebrew bottle, good beer.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Although curiously lacking in aroma - I detected rusty iron and some grassiness, nonetheless, the flavor is rich, malty and has elements of honey and citrus. The color is a beautiful amber, head negligible, carbonation smooth and almost draught-like...nice mouthfeel. The best thing of all though is how this ale fills your mouth with spicy, herbal hoppiness English-style, the hops are present from start to finish but are elegant and well-integrated into the overall character of the beer. Heavy-handed NW U.S. brewers could learn a few things about sublety from this brew, IMHO, at least when they are trying to make an English style ale. Yeast adds a fruitiness and fullness as well. This is a fine English ale.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really expected more from this, because I enjoyed the double chococalte stout from young's so much. This one is good, but it's missing a lot of body and a fullness of flavor that the best ales have in quantity.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent nutty/caramel flavored maltiness with a well balanced citrus hop finish. Quite good.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color with a white head. Aroma is fresh with fruit overtones. Taste is very refreshing, clean. Slightly dry with some bitterness at end, no lingering aftertaste. A very drinkable beer.
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light nutbrown/dark amber beer with a fine head. It has a nice sweet fruity aroma with notes of alcohol. The flavor is strong of a good malt blend - with a nice medium sweetness and a really nice bitterness, that lingers.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
yeasty aroma, medium bodied, a tad sticky, metallic and toffee maltiness, seems more weak than strong after drinking so many American Strong ales
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean, faint nose. Metallic hints prevail over the subdues floral hints. The bottle claims "A phenomenal amount of hops" I however, disagree whole-heartedly. Then again, we're not talking about the west coast of America here, anyways, definite fuggle hoppiness. An almost root beery/licorice/ sassafrass root taste. good malt presence though. Just not what I Expected.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty nose, strong alcohol content, malty with hints of caramel
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Very good, very, very good. Not hard to see why this is an award winner. Great hoppy aroma, with bags of flavour and sweet hints of toffee. A very well balanced and delightful beer. Re-rate...(aged for 1 year. Colour and appearance has not changed from the fresh example. However the nose has increased in intensity. Unaged is a little harsh but the aged bottle has developed a vanilla and toffee complex that is very pleasant. The change in taste is fantastic, making a good ale a great ale. Complexity has increased. It is warmer with toffee and raisin flavours. The development in flavour has made it more rounded and the difference between the two samples is surprisingly noticeable.