buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Thanks to Shigadeyo for this one. Pours a murky dark red/brown and has a small but lasting head. Aroma is rich malts, ripened fruits, ashy hints, mild licorice. Flavors of sweet candied malts and fruits, light oaky hints, molasses. Sort of reminded me of a milder Youngs Old Nick. Lightly dry and bitter in the finish. I liked this one alot. Thanks again Craig for this nice suprise. DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Brown, malty rich, heartwarming, bangers and mash style bitter.....makes me want to wear a paded elbow sportscoat. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours brown but has a fruity berry-like flavor amongst the malts in this chewy mix. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Courtesy Degarth. Root beer or cola looking body, lighter brown edges. Tan head, about a finger thick, fairly lasting. Not much, if any lacing. Fades into a layer of bubbles that stay atop the liquid throughout. Plums, tropical fruits, malts, spices and some phenols. Tastes pretty similar, but the alcohol hints drop out. Tons of sweet malts and a slight bitterness. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Finish is malts, dark fruits and spice. Lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat for quite a while. jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2007
October 2007. Bottle shared by Mabel, brought back from England. Red-brown body with a modest head. Earthy malt throughout with a pleasant balancing bitterness that increases in the finish. Notes of caramel in the malt. Average palate. Very decent English ale.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle brought directly to me by someone close to me while they were on holiday in London. A dark pour, nice malty, dark fruity aroma. Sweet, complex flavors of berries, currants, caramel, wood - can’t find much in the way of hops other than a supporting bitterness. Round mouth feel, finishes clean. A very well done brew. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2008 From a 500 ml bottle presented to me by my lovely girlfriend Nancy - This brew pours a brown, fizzy brew with a very, very light tan head of foam and a weak, malty aroma. Tastewise, it’s a fine example of an English Strong Ale, with a sort of "brown ale EXTREME" character. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a mostly translucent ruby amber with a nice creamy off white lacing head. Aroma of cherry, sweet malts, toffee, some citrus, other mixed fruits and a touch of hops. Flavor of toffee, some toasted malts, a touch of hop bitterness, some citrus and a tad bit thin. Englander (21) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2007
Well balanced medium-bodied, with even hops and bitterness. Although slightly watery it is easy on the palate and the soothing malts help it go down. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
bottle from BOM club. overall a very nice beer. The 1/4" head lasted through most of the beer. Aroma lacking in strength a bit. Pours a deep red/amber. Wonderful aftertaste with a nice long finish. Caramel and malts are prevalent. Lighter body than I would like... pleasantly surprised with this one.