ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A excellent brew. Creamy maltiness with a light fruity character and crisp hop bite. Notes of clove and banana with a peppery punch of English hops.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color is a brown orange mix with an off white fluffy foam. It smell of sweet malts, and a slight fresh hoppy smell along with a hint of toffee. Taste is a little disapointing from what I expected but that did not diminish the enjoyment of this warming malty brew.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 I enjoy this now and then as I have for years and as I doubt my ability to add much that hasnít been said Iíll say that the most interesting time was once getting some bottles past their "best before" date that tasted for all the wold like some bizarre Belgian lambic.
leaparsons (7667) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full of malty body. There are hints of toffee and winter fruits. Hops donít really get a look in. But this is still a warming beer that would be nice on a winter night.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís very apparent after drinking this beer that the English have no idea about hops. Hello?!? How about a little hops! Caramel flavors, tannin and earthy. But the English have a lot to learn about full-bodied ales. Maybe they should go to California and pick up some AleSmith or Stone brews.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice bright orange color with off-white, fully head. The aroma was hoppy, but also slightly sour. The flavors were nice--hops, sweet fruit, perhaps even a touch of spice. Pleasant but not outstanding.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is rather weak with nothing remarkable to speak of, appearance is much the same, thin and pale. The taste starts hoppy but is soon overcame by creamy malt that is delicious. It leaves a somewhat bitter hoppy aftertaste that while good doesnt blend with the maltieness as well as it could. A good ale but not worth the price.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like others experienced a lot of the contents was lost when the beer was opened. Might be because of the bottle conditioning. What do I know! Has a beautiful orange colour with a somewhat boring head. The aroma is wery fruity and malty. Has a nice bitter flavour, where the alcahol is dominant. In the aftertaste there is this great bitterness and I have notes of apples. Very pleasant acquaintance.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An orange peel flows into my nostrels as the off white foamy head diminishes. . .staring into the wonderful copper colour I am transported to an English pub where this colour of beer is more common and the bar keep just set my fish ní chips basket on the bar and then slides the vineger down to me as he walks away. The creamy malt and lingering bitterness is a perfect match with my chips. . .I sigh and then my roommate hits me with a pillow and I realize that the TV is tuned to the soap opera network and I am staring dreamily at it. . .he doesnít understand that I was thinking about the beer and not paying attention to TV. . .
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with very little fizzy head. Deep amber. Nose of fresh hops. Very smooth on the palate in proper Ram fashion.The hops impart a spiciness and a bitterness in the after-taste over a strong bitterness on the palate. Very malty, very good for those who like full bodied ales without buying a stout or porter. Very enjoyable suds.