turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful reddish-brown. Good head retention. Smells of soap and nuts, but quite pleasant. A great taste of roasted rye and barley, with perhaps a bit too much bitterness for my taste. Incredibly malty, mmh...
Hangover (1126) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Greens in Atlanta... one of the few >6% I can find around here, but that will change July 1 when we get ALL of them :) Dark amber pour with a creamy eggshell white head and thick lace. Aroma is a doughy and bready. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of spice, bread, some fruit and nice hopping towards the end. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the finish for my taste, but crisp nonetheless. For the style, itís top notch... not necessarily my cup of tea, but that wonít influence my rating.
jonas (7183) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BottleHoneyish malt and soft hop aroma.
Brownish amber, low carbonation, creamy brown head.
Cookie malt and some burned toast flavors topped off with a
jolly good portion aroma hops.
Medium body, sparkling mouthfeel.
Extremely satisfying brew.
walleye (1097) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured a nice rich amber with a fluffy lasting head and a lot of lacing. aroma rich choc. like godiva choc. malts, and a hint of butterscotch very nice. flavor malts, nutty, majaal dates donít know if spelling is correct,sweet spices mouth feel smooth .with some bitterness. a very good beer
rajendra82 (1066) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer was shipped stateside in a brown bottle with attractive labeling that has an old world charm to it. There are some brief blurbs about the brewer on the back label, and a best before date (03/Jan/05 for this review bottle). Despite being clearly marked as 6.3% ABV, the beer has slipped under the radar of the beer police and is readily available in Georgia.
The poured beer was deep red to amber in color with a ľ inch thick short lived head. Carbonation was medium intensity with very fine bubbles. Despite being bottle conditioned, the beer was only slightly hazy with no visible yeast sediment.
The aroma was malty with the nose being dominated by oak, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. The hops are not dominant, but have a distinctive English profile to them.
The malts were present in the taste as well, with notes of toffee, cherry, raisins, and a wisp of smoke. The previously invisible yeast made its presence known in the form of a dusty, cobwebby feel similar to the air in an old castle. The hops were surprisingly bitter and biting, with a peppery spiciness to them. This is the hoppiest English beer Iíve had to date. The overall taste reminded me a lot of Stone Arrogant Bastard, but was not as bold.
The mouthfeel was smooth like butter and made the beer slide down easily. The only drawback in this department was a bit of watery body.
This is a very nice and bold ale from the Old Country. A must try for those who can find it.
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tawny brown slightly hazy body with a tan coloured head. Agree with the fruitcake aroma. Big malt flavour which is a bit too much for my liking. Some caramel and some bitterness. Alcohol was present but not offensive.It got better as it went down.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malty taste, with some spicy component,a discreet taste from the hops. Nutbrown in colour.
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had just below room temperature which really helped the aromas come out. Amber colour with 1" of off-white head. Malty and spicy aroma, with hints of cinnamon and cloves. Slightly yeasty and bready aromas as well as a subtle earthiness. I get some sweetness, like molasses and brown sugar with some dried fruits as well. Flavour is slightly less complex but the dried fruit and spices are obvious as is a faint roastiness leading into a pleasantly bitter, lingering finish. Nice carbonation and good creamy mouthfeel. A great beer.
Choos (738) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
All malt aroma which was very inviting. Red toward brown with a smallish head. Roasted malt notes with noticeable alcohol, I though this was a bit lacking in flavour.
Lunkie (1863) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Spicy malt aroma with golden red brown cler colour. Bitter sour short flavour wth fizzy flavour. This one is not for me.