jagdpanzer (18) - USA - MAY 9, 2003
Best English Ale I have eer had, very good Bottle Conditioning. Fruity in taste, good creamy head with a hint of licorice giveing it a bitter sweet taste. I wish i would have bought more. Very Very Impressive. If you like the strong bitter sweet Ales from England this is one to try. mribm (463) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Bottled. Poured with a nice thick tan head. There were hints of caramel and butterscotch in the nose. (Now for the best part...the taste.) Absolutely delicious! It has this chewy, malty, caramel taste that makes my taste buds want to dance. Underlying this sweet taste are the hops, which become much more prevalent in the finish. Very well balanced and very flavorful! This is now one of my all time favorites. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Wow! What can I say about such an incredible ale? It poured medium reddish mahogany and glistened under a thick foamy two-finger tan head, which slowly ebbed to a nice floating skim and crisp lacing all the way up the glass. The aromas were a complex blend of sweet fruit, raisins, prunes, citrus, apple, berries, warm meadow, cinnamon, spice, molasses, ginger, malt, yeast and esters. The taste is huge -- a big slam of dark toasted malt hits you first, followed by BIG hoppy bitterness. These big elements are well-tempered by a sweet fruitiness, almost honey-like. There’s just enough soft herbal character to make it interesting. It starts malty, goes all sweet and mushy in the middle, wakes you up with a whisper of yeast, then slaps you hard in the face with the magnificent hops for a head-shaking bitter finish, which fades to a lingering fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and succulent with perfect carbonation. ABV is killer but this ale is so good you still want several more. TRY THIS ALE! GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Pours a deeply hazed, amber caramel w/ a full creamy froth. Aromas of fruited flowers, caramel and leather. Big, viscous nectar w/ mellow residual effers, almost flat. Flavors are strong and rustic, including new leather, bitter caramel, toasted citrus rind, and tobacco. Finish is long and bittering. Overall: I was surprised and impressed. I love this stuff, awsome! Highly recommended. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Incredible. It pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a thick, dense light tan head that lasts ’till the end and leaves thick lacing in layers down the glass that stay well after the beer is gone. The aroma is strong and thickly aromatic, toffee malt, fruity and with citrusy hops. The taste is sweetish, a hint of caramel, fruit, very floral hops with a bite, a hint of sweet spice & cinnamon that lingers faintly in the aftertaste. It is wonderfully rich and complex while being incredibly balanced, drinkable, and smooth. Just about perfection in a bottle, I don’t see that one could reasonably expect beer to be better under normal circumstances. I would drink this just about all the time if it were less expensive. This is what ale is supposed to be!! It’s even better than Young’s Special London, which is saying A LOT.
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 This is fantastic stuff. Rich, flavorful, ale-y fruit-y-ness. A little butterscotch. Hop levels were nice. Serving: Bottle