AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Brown reddish, smells sweet, creamy with some lactose. it’s not very good ESB but sweeter. no yeast presence. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a thin, quick-dissipating, white head and a copper body. Weak malt nose that is rather lactic. Has a very strong english flavour - wouldn’t be surprised to find golding and kent hops in here. Linguring mild malt finish. Average. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Slightly hazy amber with a slight white head. Aroma is very fruity and buttery- kinda diacetylish. I really like that ringwood yeast. Gives a great authentic english strong aroma, along with lots of malt. Reminds me a little like old thumper or any other shipyard brew due to the yeast selection, however, this beer has a medium body and is rich in flavor. However- I really believe that there can be no way that this is 7.7% abv. It just tastes like it is around 5. A very good strong ale and not overbearing. Extremely drinkable. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Nice cloudy dark amber/maroon hue, almost no head. Haven't had a lot of Eng Str Ales; looks just like a barley wine to me. Nose winelike, with caramel and prunes. Flavor -- ah, here's where it stops being like a barley wine. Much "darker", roastier, more porter-like; alcohol is present to a slightly great extent than I'd like but the fruit-in-rum effect does offer some compensation. Long somewhat bitter finish. Good shit. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange with off white head. Aroma is fruit, alcohol, and spice. Taste was sweet malts along with fruits.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet lgithly aged malt. Dark fruits but a touch of paper. My fault on that part for forgetting it was in the celler for 6 years. Fruity malt with a dry finish and light bitterness. Light warmth. Medium bodied. CanIHave4Beers (4227) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Exemplary within its style. Pours a deep amber color with a small head and good lace. The aroma is very floral semi sweet and fruity. The flavor is nicely nutty and fruity with a light herbal bitterness and some earthy and spicy hops. Ron (4185) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Cloudy amber color with big frothy off white head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. First taste was a bit bitter with a bit of malt and figs. The 7.7% is nicely masked. The body is full and rich. The finish is smooth and clean. BelgianBeerGal (4158) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
12oz traded bottle. No clue what to expect based on the label art. Pours an orange-amber colour with a big, foamy, eggshell head and plenty of lacing. Pretty big aroma of sweet malt and a little alcohol. Pretty bold flavour that reminds me of brown sugar. Honestly, a pretty tasty beer! probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2010
Sampled at Central New York Brewfest, Syracuse NY. 06FE10.
App.: Clear deep amber with white rim.
Aroma: Some tart fruitiness, mainly brown sugar, dark dried fruits, lightly buttery, lightly woodsy and rum-like.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: Some nice molasses/licorice, dark dried fruits, a touch of wood/earth, still a bit buttery, some pine/earth hops, quite fruity (berries); lightly sweet, quite bitter, finishes abruptly.
Meh, not great.