Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2003 bottle-hmm, looks like my buddy squidget and I see eye to eye on this brew. pours a deep red with nice off white head. very sweet aroma. palate consists of lots of fruit-green apples, grapes, plums, and some nutmeg. somewhat light body, but i am not marking it down because it goes well with the flavors in this brew. Finish was abrupt, which was somewhat disapointing. that may be due to the light palate. overall, a very solid holiday offering. FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2003
A very clear amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is brown with a tan head. Aroma notes of raisin, rum, perhaps some cherry, definitely malty and an ale. Lightly sweet in the front, there are notes and hints of chocolate, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for a beer that should be served at cellar temperatures, though a quick swirling of my glass takes care of this deficiency. A smooth cream soda type of feel & taste to this beer. Evokes memories of vanilla. Curiously this bottle conditioned ale has the least amount of sediment (barely a faint ring at the bottom) I have ever seen in a bottle conditioned "real" ale. Definitely a nice beer to be sipping on a cold fall night.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2003
a nicve heady winter brew to warm the bones on these uniquly cold valley nights..its nice and english witha a sickly sweet amber tatse and clour that makes for a nice brew cheers papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 The pour is ruby amber with an average off white head. Nose is light with hints of caramel and spice. Flavor lightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel followed by some light hop spice and a dry lightly bitter aftertaste. Palate is kinda thin, but this is a tasty English Ale. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Aroma is dominated by spicey, sprucey English hops. There are some fruity esters in there, and just a hint of malt as well. Ruby-amber in color, good clarity, with a wisp of white head (bonus point for the cool bottle). Piney, grassy hops in the flavor with just enough malt to support. Slightly bitter overall. Medium-full in body. Great example of a classic English-style winter warmer - basically a bigger ESB.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Ruby color with nice big and creamy matte white head. Excellent lacing and lazy carbonation. Smells kinda bitter and floral. Flavor is malty with some bitterness. Body is slightly watery. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Big soft fluffy white head, A faint nutty malt, citrus aroma. A hoppy bite in the intitial taste. Medium bodied for a winter warmer. A tart bitter aftertaste. A fair seasonal. AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Kind of thin and light for an english strong ale. Dark Amber/brown with a khaki head. Alcohol is present in the flavor and the aroma. Slightly nutty malt taste. Good but nothing spectacular. Reid (2673) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
A most attractive ale in the glass nice garnet colour with a large off white head that stays..
Very nice fruity aroma.. malty
mm nice sweet creamy malt taste at first then a almost IPA like bitterness as the hops spring out of no were..then a rather nice mellow alcoholc warmth in the throat.
Very smooth on the palate..nice
Quite drinkable tonight ..theres a wee bit of chill in the air and this goes down well. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
This was truly a pleasure to drink, never gets too xomplex, but has a nice mellow balanced flavor, with an incredible malt backbone. A truly great seasonal.