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 (10731) - 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 (4618) - 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. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Poured a slightly hazy, ruddy brown with a short cap of tan head.. really liked the look of this one. The aroma had a nice Maris Otter-y appeal with caramel and English toffee at the forefront.. also some darker fruits and herbs as it warmed up.. enjoyed it! The flavor had toasty caramel and toffee at the core with warm dark fruits extending outward.. warm at the finish with supple malts and the right dosage of spices and herbal bitterness. Medium-bodied with very nice balance on the palate.. warm, tasty finish. Well-done!
sm89walt (2079) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 500ml bottle. Poured a deep, clear mahogany red with a medium, lasting beige head. Rich red fruits, light tobacco & cakey roasty malt aromas. On the palate it’s sweet & fruit-forward with decent rich cakey malts, a bit of dry choc and a roasty-ish finish. Medium body, a bit empty in the mid palate with medium carbonation and a bittersweet finish. OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2007
Pours a deep red copper with a medium white head. Aroma features warm earthy almonds, a tangy english hop note, and a sweet fruit ester that is hard to put a finger on, I cant argue with the official line that its conserved fruit. On the palate there is sweet malt, nuts, almonds again , a touch of warming alcohol fruity hop flavour a \nd finally a firm bitter finish. Wow.