jb (3224) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap at McGregors Henrietta. Very interesting, English style ale. Dark, with orange highlights. Clear. Nose is very sweet, with toffee. Quite malty, a bit of English hops to balance it out. I liked it, but it is nothing terribly special. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Tap @ Goodbar. Really pretty dark copper body, thin white head. Noose is some nice toffee & honey malt, lightly spicy English hops. Flavor is caramel, floral hops, brown sugar, alcohol. More burnt sugar comes forward in the finish. nimbleprop (8299) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Sampled at Churchkey DC. Pours a transparent orange amber with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is mostly malts, crackers, biscuit, some honey. Flavor is more of the same, crisp malts, some sweetness, dry, grainy. Finish is crisp with no hint of 7% alc. This was nice, sessionable too. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On cask. Aroma is sweet with a hint of fruit. A bit of yeast and almost a belgian like aroma. Flavor is smooth and sweet with some mellow spice and caramel. Very good and quite drinkable. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Draft. Minimal white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some brown sugar, light cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bread, light brown sugar. Low carbonation, medium body.
HoppityHop (206) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at the always fun, Barcade. Listed as an American-style on their beer menu, but one sniff and one sip later, I could tell this one was certainly more of an English-style ale. Minimal hop presence, nice malty flavor, decent amount of alcohol warmth. Liked this one, for sure. Well done, true to style English-style strong (or possibly, old) ale. j12601 (11175) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tiger’s VSK3 event. Pours a clear brownish orange. Malty, sweet, and smelling a bit like pumpkin cough syrup, if there were such a thing. Medium bodied, a bit tangy, and very sweet. I’ll have to revisit this since I’m sure it will hit taps near me, but overall, wasn’t super impressed. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Cask at the tiger. Pours an amber body with a thin off white head. Peach and pear skins and some other apple ish light fruit ester. A moderate warm fruit body that comes out a bit malted and chewy but slightly cloying. Decent cask ale.