RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Spring   ABV: -
Strong-style English Ale is a favorite of those who love intense beer flavors. Malty and hoppy with a hint of fruitiness, the elevated alcohol content is also noticeable in the flavor profile.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3543) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Intended for release on April Fool's Day, the brewmaster Fred Scheer says it will make a fool out of you. Indeed it goes down easy and hides it's alcohol well. A nice strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours a dark red-orange with a thin quick beige head. Aroma is burnt caramels. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, brown sugar, cocoa.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Pours red amber with a foamy beige head that fades eventually. Aroma is sweet and not much else. Cherry cough syrup taste. The bitter roast finish is not pleasant in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Tap. Ruby hued brown body with a thin gray brown head. Sweet brown sugar and plum nose with a bit of used up charcoal. A surprising balance of bitter to sweet here that I like. Herbal grass and a light citrus illuminate the caramel flavor. A nice English buttery flavor with the moist raisin taste. Chalky finish with a grape taste. A light chocolate permeates all aspects of this. A bit of chocolate orange here. An easy sipper Ap-4 ar-7 tast-7 pal-3 ov-15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
On tap at Memphis. I had this one when I first went to Boscos and was less than impressed. Recipe change or something has really happened. A deep brown ale with a tan head that reminds me so much of the best Fullers 1845 I ever had. Big hop aroma, with a bit of smoke, and an obvious load of caramel which translates into a big chewy beer. The alcohol is well integrated, and it is too easy to love and too hard to stop at one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2009

Source: On tap at the Hillsboro Village brewpub.
Glass: Poured into a lager type glass.
Appearance: Poured a dark brown color with orange highlights.
Aroma: Caramel malt dominates the nose, with hints of earthy hops.
Flavor: Very malty. Caramel and toffee.
Palate: Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: Good beer. Could have been melded together a bit better, but overall, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (999) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Sweet, malty aroma. Some sour fruit notes, finishes sugary. Too much sweetness for me, but well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
On tap, Nashville location. Im guessing its because Ive been out of the game for a while, but this tasted like sweet sweet nectar to me (sweet being an unspecific superlative and not solely an indication of taste). Very well balanced malt and hop profiles. The malts were sugary (brown sugar especially) and lended a grainy texture to the palate, but I wouldnt say the beer was "sweet" in an artificial way, since the sweetness was leavened by the good medium-to-full body and a soft-but-stiff hop bitterness that was like amped-up noble hops with a bit of Cascade for complexity and acidity. The hops and malts combined to put a fruitiness (warm apple, maybe plums, both devoid of any "tang") underneath the carbonation and aforementioned flavors; I would say it was more than a "hint," and blended well with the overall melange of tastes. Finish wasnt that great; the fruitiness and grainy sugariness lingered, but not for long, and didnt add anything to the experience. I couldnt get much aroma from the pint glass, but what I did smell was kind of a toasty malt and a hint of the fruitiness, although both were vague. Transluscent ruby brown in the glass with darker blackish accents, grayish beige head was thin and oily, but left a bit of tracing on the side and had average "racing." Im guessing this is up around 9%, because after three I was feeling it; the alcohol was completely masked in the mouth, however. One of the better Boscos beers Ive had in a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2007
On tap at Boscos, Little Rock, Arkansas. Poured dark brown, with a nice tan head. Malty nose and flavor. Didnt strike me as particularly strong, but the flavor was OK. I had a sample glass and opted to go for anopther pint of their Hopgod IPA instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (505) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pours clear brown from bottle conditioned bottle with one finger head leaving little lacing. Boozy and caramel up front with a little burn in the throat. Very carbonated that brings complex flavors to the palate. Some sour and bitterness balances the initial sweetness. Some funk with dark fruit . Long bitter finish. This is intense and perhaps too complex for my palate.

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