johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Looks stunning - deep amber red/mahogany with a rich, creamy, slightly stained head. Smells of figs and treacle. Very smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sharp alcohol in the finish. Very nice, but not quite as all round satisfying as its stablemate ESB. RERATE: Actually, I like it better than the ESB now - itís grown on me. So Iíve upped it a couple of points.
Christian (13343) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a colour! Dark red brown with a big but quickly disappearing head, leaving some lacing. Lemon/orange aroma with some malt and some chocolate. Lots of hops in the flavour, dry and with a sharp aftertaste. Iím loving it!
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty aroma. Amber to brown color, quite attractive as the head dissipates. Like a former childhood movie star, the fading atrractiveness hides a bitter soul. Finish is resinous and tart. Not for me.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes similar to an amber ale though stronger than expected. Beautiful looking brew, very smooth and easy to drink.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Took me awhile to rate this since I find it hard to describe. Pours nice reddish orange with bigg fluffy head that soon dissapears but leaves some lacing behind. Has a really unique and lively mouthfeel. Taste is malty, hoppy, sweet and nice touch of bitterness. Iíd have to think this is one of Britainís best beers.
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber ale with a lot of orange-citrus notes. Medium body, still this orange flavour that finishes a little thin.
The alcohol comes out a little unbalanced here, still an o.k. beer.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic strong ale from one of Englandís consistently great brewers. It poured a ruby colour with a decent tan head. Good lacing around the glass. The nose is big and wine-like, with faint notes of lemon sherbet and dark chocolate. The palate is creamy, medium-bodied. The dominant flavours are chocolate and licorice. In fact, this reminds me of a British candy called Victory Vs - the black licorice ones. Wow, Iím having a real Proustian moment here - suddenly Iím 12 again. Havenít seen those candies for years. No idea if they still exist. Huge toasted malt flavours before a fairly fierce, tart finish. Very smooth until that puckering bitter finish. A remarkable ale but I favour the ESB and London Pride. (Bottle)
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt orange with a small fluffy head. Bready malt aroma with a nutmeg and floral hops addition. Flavor is sweet malt and moves to a good bitter and malty sweet mixture with an addition of spices. Dry bitter finish.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark red/brown, off white head. aroma is a mix of dried fruit and hard candy with malt, toasted bread and a whif of alcohol. flavour is sweet, buttery and round with loads of malt but very balanced at the same time. hint of vanilla in the finish. quite nice.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummmmmm... sweet, slick, and smooth down the throat. This is a treat for any lover of good English beer.