guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Dark amber appearance with an average size head and a small amount of lacing. Fruity aroma, replicating cranberries, followed by sweet, caramel malts as it warmed. Taste starts sweet, turns fruity in the middle and finishes on the spicy side. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Enough subtlety to keep things interesting. Relatively high abv was well hidden. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Rerate: AskForJenny (1082) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Sampled August 2008 - 12oz bottle, from a variety pack. Pours orange-amber, topped with a large off-white head. Biscuity aroma, with notes of caramel malt, peach, apple, and mild citric hops. Flavor began with caramel malt, complimented by apricot and mild hops. Long sweet malt finish.
Original rating, 4/22/07
12oz bottle. Dark Amber color with a thin tan head. Strong malt aroma with undertones of driet fruit and a bit of peat. Strong roasted malt flavor with prunes and honey and spice in the background. Long lasting sweet malt finish with some alcohol.
12oz - Light tan head over brown liquid. Wood and creamy caramel on nose. A sweet malt palate, some molasses character. I liked this one. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Pours a deep amber with a large tan head. Had a real hard time pulling a nose off of this. Got some yeast and some ripe fruits at first. Flavor is prune, fig, booze, caramel, some citrus. Decent hop bitterness, toasty malt and raisin. Nice. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - 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.
muzzlehatch (4950) - 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. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
I liked this one - a creamy tasting ESB. Thinner malts but well balanced, you wouldn't expect the alcohol content. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Has the appearance and aroma of your standard English Strong Ale, but it has an odd mix of flavors. There is an almost vinous, fruity aspect, with some slight roasted malt and hop bitterness near the finish. It's kind of an odd mix of English and Belgian Strong. Not sure if it works well, but I enjoyed it. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Smokey, sweet aroma and a touch of some kind of fruit in the flavor that I can't put my finger on. Malts and caramel are also present. Medium carbonation. hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This beer had a medium sized tan head with fine-large bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body of this beer was clear with a little bit of carbonation observed.The hue was reddish-copper and there was no lacing.The nose was malt and alcohol and the flavor was malty and a little bitter from start to finish.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth texture and light bodied.At 7.7% ABV the alcohol was not overpowering in my opinion.