rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Has a clear dark amber color and a matching nice off-white head. Aroma is roasted and clearly cocoa. Flavor is cocoa as well and it turns into quite a bitter finish. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2003
This was just an incredibly tasty ESA. I would really like to get my hands one some more of this. Pours a deep ruby-esque color with a big cream colored head. There are all kinds of flavors dominate here along with the taste of the malts, you get some toffee with a bitter coffee taste that mellow in a rich and creamy aftertaste, that in turn becomes bitter and unbalanced in the finish, but still incredibly tasty. A must try! WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Beautiful reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Taste of malt, espresso, chocolate, toffee, with a bitter and sour finish. Good mouth feel for a low alcohol ale. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
Great presentation with rich creamy head over a copper body. It just lacks something though. Nice balance and good malty taste but it isn't a great beer. Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2003
REd-amber coloured beer with a big light brown head. Slightly roasted, tobacco malty aroma. A rather dry bitter ale with a long dry roasted aftertaste.
larsniclas (7075) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Bottled.
A burnt malty and hoppy aroma.
A stoutish mouthfeel with a lot of bitterness.
Mmmmm! bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2003
Deep ruby brown color. Chocolate aroma and flavor. Some coffee bitternees, licorice. Fairly well hopped, malty with a hint of apple. Medium bodied and well balanced. There is some alcohol, but that is reasonably weel hidden. Well made strong ale. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
A reddish color with a large creamy off-white head. A fresh hop aroma with a very light coffee aroma, almost tea like. Some straw. A light toffee taste, slightly bitter, slightly dry. The ABV is not noticable. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Looks really nice - with a frothy head on a dark amber body. Smells strongly of caramel malts, not so much fresh coffee. A sweet odor to be sure, with hints of vanilla. Not very hoppy or bitter at all - just yeasty and a little bit of a sour finish. The flavor has mostly malts, with a sweet nuttiness, like a nut brown ale. Not a bad beer, but not as robust as I like my ESA's to be. notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2003
This beer looks outstanding - excellent, off-white head that lasts for quite a while, leaving a persistant lacing - perfect amber/brown color - the aroma is a bit disappointing, with little more than a slight roastiness, perhaps some yeast - the flavor is a bit thin for the style, actually, a bit thin in general, but still quite enjoyable - slight woodiness, with some roasted malt flavors - some hop bitterness - the finish tries to make up for the thin flavor with some hints of coffee and a lingering hoppiness that is pretty tasty, but it can't quite round out this beer well enough - not recommended if you're a big fan of the style - this is an "easy drinking" English Strong.