PhillyBeer2112 (2863) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2002
(1999 tasted in 2001). Nice lightish red color
with med carbonation, head and lacing.
Excellent balanced aroma: Rich dark fruit
but restrained compared to some more overwhelming
examples. A bit peppery, plus a tinge of
grassy almost spicy hops - probably faded some
from age. Flavor similar: restrained yet rich
fruitiness, a bit peppery, good balancing bitterness.
Full mouthfeel. Slight alcohol warmth. You can
feel it after finishing this big bottle. Addendum 1999 tasted September 2002: hardly any changes in the above review. A noted fruitiness and full malt palate, peppery spiciness, and smooth finish. Noticeable alcohol presence. joet (2646) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2001
This is truly excellent. The English have really come through on this one. Remarkably complex and accessible. I might add to the other descriptions that there are some interesting mineral elements. dumbo99 (5) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2001 does not count
it was worth the 2 year wait, complex taste at their best, it is a shame i only bought one of these! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Medium brown color, medium head. Deep malt aroma, intense malt flavors. Somewhat hoppy. Full flavor, fully rounded mouthfeel. Malts have an ‘aged’ taste, smoky sort of like a good scotch. Very smooth. Even with a high alcohol content (8.5%) not a noticeable alcohol bite. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is malty and smoky. A wonderful beer. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Wow, by far the best beer in England, Has a fruity taste, you must give this a try, you will want to drink it all the time.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 This beer is simply amazing. There are a tremendous amount of hops in this ale which are, after 3-4 years, still fresh enough to bring tears to your eyes. The malt is honeyed, and defined and enlivened by these amazing hops. I have a tough time remembering a better English ale. And I’ve never experienced a longer finish. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2004
Bottle # 06681, sampled April 1st, 2004 - Have been waiting for this beer wtih anticipation, im celebrating my 19th birthday with this stunning example of an fucking nice brew, pardon my french! So lets start to check the goodies out...
Brown to dark red color, with a medium beige head although its fast disappearing. Nice tiny bubbles on the inside of the glass. Ver malty aroma, with candied fruits and some nice notes of alcohol. The flavor is toffee, lots of maltiness, dark candied fruits abit like plum in madeira, some bitter chocolate and a nice dry finish with a very creamy mouthfeel. This beer fucking rocks! Splendid way to finish a nice birthday meal... ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Bottle. It pours a dark red/brown with a small off-white head. It’s pretty hazy, with only slight carbonation. The aroma is heavy fruit, earthy, with spices and toffee. Taste is VERY full. Dark fruits, eathy, molassas, and a good kick of alcohol. Warming with a good balance of sweet and bitter. This is a damn fine beer. It’s sad that I’ll probably never have it again. theHerman (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007 does not count
Incredibly smooth. Every sip was surprising. Felt like you could drink ten more of them and still enjoy it. Cobra (1100) - - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml. brown bottle. Part of a vertical tasting held for my close friends. Poured out a hazy copper / orange color, with a tiny tan head. Still a little life left in this 10 year old girl. Aromas are of dark, rum soaked fruits, oak barrels, sweet malty tobacco. Flavors are of cherry pipe tobacco, rum soaked raisins, sweet malts. Hops have faded off into oblivion. Alcohol is so smooth, it’s barely noticeable.
Smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation.
Damn tasty after 10 years !