BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dominant honey nose. Very sweey, syrupy. Carmely, thin body. Not too impressive. Hint of bitterness on the finish. Mostly imbalanced toward the sweet end of the spectrum, though. I used to love this beer before I knew better.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color and a very nice head. Aroma is from grass and a little sweet. Some bitterness late in the finish. A little thin but ok...
rlgk (16899) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden with a nice head, quite carbonated. Aroma is sweet but also from grass.Flavor is sour like a typical ale.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber with white head. Beautiful presentation of english hop balances the smooth sweet malt. Easy finish. Yet another perfectly balanced beer from England. PNW- PAY ATTENTION!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber in color with an initial generous white head. Nose is sweet. Flavor is rich caramel with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Aftertaste is bitter sweet.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Young’s Special London Ale (ME)
The beer pours a crystalline burnished copper color; the head Antaean in size, creamy in texture and the color a beauteous light tan as it disappears the lace forms a thick and glutinous veil to obscure the glass. Nose is rich in the aroma of sweet malt, caramel, a bit brandy like, crisp and fresh, with a slight undertone of ripe banana, start is ambrosial, excellent malt profile with the top rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is austere in its acidity and the hops sententious in their spiciness, very long lasting and semi-sweet aftertaste that has just a hint of alcohol bitterness, a real fine beer from one of my all time favorite breweries.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a golden brown with a medium beige creamy head. Great flavor with a nice cramy finish.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper red, sparkling, thick beige creamy head. Malty, fresh, flowery nose. Medium body, bit dry, creamy. Bitter, caramel-like malty, sweet. Sweet, bitter, dry and prettty long finish.
ClarkVV (5216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Very big hoppy aroma, lots of goldings. Some alcohol and some sweeter light melon notes and maybe a little soft peach/nectarine? For bottle conditioned this is extremely clear. . .Still, a nice orange-amber color but only a tiny tiny bit of hay colored creamy head. Quite bubbly. Begins very hoppy and clean. Instead of getting crisper and drier, there is a good warm alcohol presences followed by some thick chewy malt: little bit of caramel but mostly fruit flavors, quite exotic and complex. Finishes quite crisp again, moderate bitterness and with a full and quite bubbly mouthfeel. Good balance and gets even better as it approaches room temp. A toned down version of Fullers Vintages, not quite as complex or near as adventurous, but what it lacks in these categories, it almost makes up in its clean, balanced, conservative flavor. Needs more bottle conditioning, the little bit of yeast I saw seemed like a joke.
igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very clear, looks just like apple juice (ok, maybe a little darker than that). slight head at best, but a nice ring of big bubbles. aroma is some toffee, and toast (as in toasted bread) and a hint of sour apples. a little apple in the flavor, and slight alcohol in the finish. thicker mouthfeel than most british ales. just saw this bastard is brewed with Fuggles...now wonder the big notes of apple.