bierkoning (13810) - 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 (5955) - Lakewood, 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. beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Dark brown ale with a pleasing tan head, which lasts long, leaving acollar of foam on the rim. Malty, spicy aroma, with hints of the strength to follow. Flavor is strong malt, with some woody character. Fades to a bitter, hoppy finish, but with plenty of malt throughout.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
This beer looks absolutely marvelous in my imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear chestnut with a frothy head on top. The nose is spicy and yeasty. The palate is a little thin for the beers weight; my guess is some brewers sugar is used to lighten the body. Also, on the palate, I taste iron and woody hops of restrained bitterness. The beer is on the dry side, which I find appealing. The finish is short and forgettable. I find this beer to be pleasant, but it’s not something to write home about. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Poured out a good solid head that left a good lacing,Red brown colour, malt in the aroma (butterscotch?), mild bitter taste of coffee and licorice. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2003
Red-brown w. large beige head. Malty, nutty, roasted, bitter. Sharp edges, medium body. Aurelius (5652) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Cool label, bottle, and the name explanation struck me as a rather deft turn of phrase for a strong ale. Nice looking clear, black walnut brew, tall head with very fine bubbles which turn to seafoam. Aroma is very muted porter, whiffs of cocoa in the foam. Very quaffable, despite its ABV and darkness. Dry. Notes of coffee, sour fruit, artificial bacon bits (perhaps that's nitrites or smoke or both). Medium, lightly tart, nut and roast finish that didn't leave a lot of coffee char. An ale-yeasted schwarz. BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Well carbonated mahogany body with sparse island chain head. The insistent coffee grounds aroma surprised me for a beer of its appearance. Mocha notes seemed apparent as well. Robust roasted malt with a noticeable hop finish and satisfying burnt coffee aftertaste. A taste of gum appeared after awhile in this english strong ale meets coffee porter.