LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Re-Rate: As I drink my six pack, I find myself wishing it out of my fridge, but can't quite bring myself to pour it out. There doesn't seem to be a category for that. Original: Copper color with great clarity. Slight head that dimishes quickly. A doughy aroma. Raisen, malty sweet flavor. Very unique I would say and at the same time quite drinkable. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Deep brown brew with a quickly fading white head. Malty nose with hints of citrus in the background. First sip starts with a malty nuttiness at the front that balances out near the middle with a slight hoppy citric bitterness. Slightly sweet with a medium body. Very nice beer imo. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Medium brown with some orange, decent head. Big aroma of bitter hops, nice English style malts as described. Flavors well balanced, decent malts followed by hop flavors that revolve around oranges, earth, and some bitter almond. Touch astringent on the finish. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This is a pretty good English strong ale. Toasted malt,hoppy, and slightly bitter flavor. Finishes clean and crisp. aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This hazy, deep amber/pale copper colored ale pours with a thin off-white head. The beer leaves a mild lacing on the glass as you drink it. The aroma is sweet, with a touch of spice. The taste is impressive, with sweet malt, orange, honey, and spice all wrapped up in one. It is very complex, with a lot going on in every sip. The hops are present in the taste, but are not the first flavor one notices. The mouthfeel is solid, with a nice bitterness on the finish. Fine carbonation is noticable on the tongue.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Hmmmm... never had an english strong ale before. Smells sorta like a belgian. Tastes sorta like a belgian. Yeasty. Spicy. Not a big fan of yeaty and spicy. Okay. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
2002-2003 bottle - Nice amber color with a yeasty, spicy aroma that continued into the flavor. nice stuff. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Nice winter beer that I am still enjoying in july.Smells of nutty/creamy/toffe chocolate/alcohol.Looks like a deep amber to me w/ a decent head that rolls out quick.Nice hop/spice bite that brings this beer together quite well & keeps well too.Thank you cascade hops once again! DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
2000 Millenium bottle. Hoppy nose, citrus and caramel aromas too. Orange/amber, pours a big vanilla custard head. Caramel, treacle flavour, well balanced, quite warming. A very good example. Thanks Lyle Ostrow. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2005 2000-2001 bottle. Deep Ruby with some orange and brown tinges. Smells of strong malt and alcohol.
Medium amount of soft off white head that leaves quickly.
Begins sweet with some earthy/root liqueur notes. The body has some sweet malty notes, and tastes like a small pancake breakfast with maple syrup and bacon. Hops definitely come out and there lingers a dry hopped flavor towards the end that is not dominant, but adds some balance. Some grainy notes detectable and alcohol may not need to be this high to achieve the flavor. 2003-2004 bottle. Butterscotch/english toffee aroma, medium strong. Goldings hops, caramel. Pretty nice altogether. Clear, however with a small head, but a nice ruby/mahogany color. Holy crap, it certainly wasnt this hoppy last time. Cascades hops, ultra bitterness on the end. Very dry, only moderate sweetness at the beginning. Moderately acidic hops finish, with some very dry butter-toffee. The 01 was more balanced. 2005 bottle Now a year-round production, and in part, I can’t blame them for wanting to cash in on a good product, but IMO, upping the production on this has hurt the already sagging quality of this once glorious beer. Boring, uneventful maltiness, is sweet, lightly sticky but more filtered. Hops are more straightforward bitter and light pine-like, with a short finish overall, and just something really missing. Though I havent kept my scores from the different vintages, my overall is a mix.