TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours light amber. Buttery smooth with some bitter. Nothing special. dantheman4162 (9) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2013 does not count
Nutty. Good fall winter beer. Can’t have more than one or two though. Its a super, but not boozy kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Very nice hoppiness with some spicey aftertaste. the aferrtaste is definitely lingeringgggg. AirForceHops (7702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pint shows the color dark amber leaning to a murky brown. Nose is English malts and Earthy hops. Average carbonation. Taste has caramel malt, nuts and leafy hops. East Kent hops give a hoppy bitterness that does well to balance the malt. Medium to heavy in body. A syrupy texture that wasn’t to cloying. I drank all six bottles at Christmas party and had no problem doing so. That says something for me. Jow (4035) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tap at the Stagshead. pours clear amber with subtle nose. You get some english qualities for sure. tastes of earth, nutty, leaves, caramel, light peat. creamy and light bitterness.
Maverick34 (3315) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Draft from stags head. Light brown pour. Tgin white head with lacing. Fruit and caramel. Light bitters. Pretty decent Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Oh, this is complex and good. Orangish/copper in color. Thin head with slight lacing. The toasted malts are smooth and sweet all over the tongue and mouth. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Well some of it. Amber pour with tan head. Aroma is controlled by malt and spice tones. Flavor is malt driven, quite one dimensional, and has a bit if oxidation and off flavors. Not quite sure how long this sat. alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Extremely light aroma with some hints of carmelized sugar. Pours a deep brown color with thick cream head. Smoky, roasted caramel, malt flavor. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Although the label is pretty unattractive (this bottle has been sitting in my "to review" fridge for about a year now because it doesn’t look very tempting), it looks much better in the glass. It has a somewhat clear body of a dark orange/slightly amber color with an off-white colored head and moderate carbonation.
Its aroma is just about as expected from its appearance: slightly sweet/caramelized, with hints of possible spices and a candy-like, fruity stickiness that reminds me of licorice, but without the anise-like character. Although this is considered to be an English Strong Ale, it’s much lighter in body and strength than you’d expect from the style.
Unfortunately, it also has a pretty unforgiving finish of oxidized, bitter, rotten beer. It’s pretty smooth on the palate (for a while), but then an awkwardness strikes. Such a shame. About halfway through a glass your palate starts to adjust to it. Its flavor is somewhat sweet, but mostly, well... like a sweet, lightly creamy English pub ale. Unfortunately the alcohol is well masked - otherwise, that would probably have helped this taste a little better. Maybe.