Stew41 (1967) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan tending to vibrant caramel. Textbook strong ale nose; deep malty notes with some complexity. Great flavour and mouthfeel; not as heavy as the bouquet would suggest. Malt flavours are very classy and again show good complexity. Roasted and chocolate notes drive the palate. Very good.
IndianaRed (4268) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a medium dark redish amber with a decent light tan head. Aromas of aples, caramel, figs and raisons are very nice. Flavors are more of the toasted malt, smokey flavor. Fairly astringent and bitter witha moderately heavey feel. BItter woody aftertaste. Nice
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/2/05. Poured out of 500 mL bottle, obtained in SecretSanta exchange on RateBeer 12/14/04. Lightly hazy caramel red-orange in color with a fluffy, somewhat rocky, nicely lasting cream-tan head good lacing with excellent stickiness. Somewhat mild aroma, sweet and malty like an amber ale or a sweet bock, lightly lagery character, hints of wood, dried fig and green raisin, and faint bitterness. Taste has something like a lager yeast, fruitcake, touches of roasted amber malt and toast, forward hoppy bitterness. A bit too simple, but itís got a nice, refreshing crispness. Medium-thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel with very long carbonation lending a fluffy texture to match the peppery dirty bitterness. Long and lean finish, growing in resonance with a nice dryness. Even though itís not that high in alcohol, itís a bit harsh. I donít think itís even the alcohol lending that harshness, but the hop/malt combo. Iím really not a fan of the prominent bitterness in this beer, but I can tell itís obviously a well-crafted brew nonetheless. A "respect" beer moreso than a "like" one.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Bottle conditioned. Ruby amber color, mostly clear, with a small tan head. Medium bodied. Aroma: very sweet and malty with notes of berries, honey, raisins, grapes, wood, cake, mild rum balls, blueberries. Taste: light roasted malts and caramel start things off, then thereís some medium spicy hops, earth, roasted notes, honey, light chocolate flavors, and light spices. Finishes very dry, roasty, and a tea like taste. Very nice, thanks to my secret santa for this one.
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Very reminiscent of honey. Vinous notes as of a barleywine. Very hazy amber color with lots of floating yeasts. Off-white head. Caramels, honies, roasted malts, chocolates, vinous characters, oh my! Dry, roasty finish. Quite a lot going on, unfortunately this is thin and a little dry for my liking.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle...garnet pour with a thin white head. Malty, fruity aroma. Raisins, some alcohol, cardamom. Roasty malt to start, leading to some sweetness and fruitiness in the middle. The end is very nice with some hoppiness and a lasting choco-type roastiness. This is a very nice beer, rivals Lake Placid Ubu, in my mind as a very good English Strong Ale. Thanks to my Secret Santa for this treat!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut color, frothy tan head. Full aroma of caramel, nuts, raisins, toasty malt, and cake. Nice flavor, finishes with some spicy hops. Extremely drinkable, full, but smooth and soft palate. I could drink this all day.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Pours deep mahogony, thin head, fine lace. Aroma and flavor of malt and raisins; nutty and dry finish. Delicious.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned from Sainsburyís. Dark red/amber. Aroma of autumn fruits, toast, spices. Good firm chewy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red copper ale with no head. Candy and woody aroma with light hops. Nice nutty malt and nice hops. Good bodied. Excellent British offering . (Sept. 2004)