Frank (3260) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gorgeous pour. Thick creamy off-white head. Slightly hazy golden color. Spicy aroma with a hint of citrus. A bit on the tart side giving way to apple notes. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Semi-sweet but with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.
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.
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.
Hansen (7277) - 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.
JFGrind (1893) - 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.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at the Grey Lodge in Phila. Good beer was expecting a little more however. Hint of malt flavor the got bitter in the finish.
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.
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.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Substantial white foamy head and golden color. Light hoppy aroma.
Smooth medium body.
Flavor begins mildly sweet, changing to a somewhat dry and pleasantly bitter finish. Aftertaste lasts quite a while.
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.