Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have a special fondness for Youngs. This has irrational dimensions and this beer was able to slice through that fog of reason, if only shining a light on the quality of British breweries to brew over a dozen beers which essentially condense into two or three recipes with only slight variations. Here we have a ye old English strong ale, pushed nicely to 6.4%, but appearing throughly average: a big, irregular, beige head settling into a slightly syrupy-appearing, copper-orange body. The aroma is fruity, slightly wooden and caramelly, but notably driven by effervescent alcohol. The tasting pleases the palate, for although early on the large-form carbonation seems to get in the way, with time it settles down nicely, and even after a long time sitting and warming the palate remains good, in part due to the alcohol, which produces a sharpish tingle but also due to the malt base that provides a sweet silkiness. The flavor has metallic edges to the caramel and yeasty/bready notes. The finish is moderately bitter, but only at the back of my tongue and only toward the end; otherwise the alcoholic notes are more pronounced. Overall, slightly above average in the style and enjoyable in its own ways, with credit for being a "soul beer" because it is from Youngs, but this doesn't deserve huge accolades.
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was WAY overcarbonated and exploded from the bottle before I could pour it in the glasses. The nose has a sweet but lightly hopped aroma. I also sense bubblegum. Not sure why, but I do. The tongue has definite malty and hopped notes along with caramel. Finished well with little bitterness remaining.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling body is a metallic-orange color. Sudsy white head that retained well. Spicy aroma of wood and toffee. Smooth and low-key malty flavor with buttery pine nuts and alcohol notes. Medium hop bitterness. Some fizziness on the palate but very nicely balanced and well-rounded.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured with a huge head. It wasn't bad, however it had a "salty" finish to me, that wasn't good in a beer.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden brown and a thick white head. Good lacework. Very full bodied, the alcohol is well balanced. Reminds me of good biere de garde, finally an english beer with "balls"
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled.Rustic golden body, with plenty of conditioning. The fine medium head is serviced consistently from bellow. The strong bitter hop aroma that greats you just barely masks the alcohol but after the first sip, the true nature of the beast is revealed. On the palate the alcohol and the bitterness combine to provide a tart, sharpish finish to the beer.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden color and respectable white thick head. Contains sediment. Domination of yeast and hops in flavor and aroma with some strong malt background. A hoppy juice.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Another fresh bottle, but still a faint and boring aroma. Good flavor balance, mouthfeel, and appearance help its score.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Salisbury, Covent Garden, London. Brownish color. More hops than anything else. Not much to it.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky light brown pour. small white head. smells good, nice and hoppy. a really quality bitter but could be more balanced. still a quality beer.