Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours nearly black with a short, dark tan head.
Chocolate, wood, dark fruit aroma.
Taste is coffee, chocolate, malt....
Earthy, minimal bittering.
A very nicely done ale. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, light coffee reddish color with no foam, nutty rye aroma, flavors of coffee, cocoa, sugary caramel BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle acquired from Pessie and served in a Bells Tulip: Pours a deep garnet and murky brown hue with a big fluffy off-white head and left very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of crystal toffee malts, pale chocolate, Golden Promise base malt, some EKG and Northdown hops with a light fruity and leathery ester. A bit dusty and cardboardy but that was expected since it was cellared by Joe. When the beer works those seemingly off-notes actually work within the style... Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2006
then the taste, actually drier than expected, not as sweet as I would have thought. Light kiss of English bitterness and prevailing cardboard with some oxidization. The issue here is a complete and utter lack of depth that are found in best of genre. Minimal fruity notes, minimal darker malt tones, and really just a lack of earthy "punch". The mouth feel is equally disappointing, much thinner than is expected. This beer appears over attenuated if you ask me. Dry ashy metallic finish. Worse yet the thinness makes the alcohol more noticeable. This beer started with so much promise but flopped when it mattered more, on the palate. I like a nice British styled strong ale as much as anyone so this really made me sad.
Bottle: Courtesy of rudolf via Secret Santa. Aromas of nuts, chocolate, some mustiness, light grass, and a hint of fruit. Pours a hazy brownish-red with a small off-white head with fair retetntion. Starts of with moderate chocolate and caramel, but quickly turns to sour fruitiness in the finish. I doubt the sourness was intended, but I actually kind of like it. Hints of nuttiness in the finish behind all the sourness. If it wasn’t for the nuttiness in the finish, it would somewhat be like a flemish sour. I’m sure this is a "bad" bottle, but I think the sourness probably makes the beer better in my opinion. ben4321 (6503) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Location: Sampled at the NY Brewfest on Governor’s Island, 6/19/10
berkshirejohn (6497) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Aroma: It has a malty nose, a good amount of caramel, and some bread/toast
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a foamy tan head a top it
Flavor: The taste is quite malty, medium sweet, with minimal hop balance
Palate: A touch on the watery side, with a drinkable feel, and a light-medium body
My notes on this one mention that my written review was probably too harsh due to the brewfest getting a little out of control and making my mood not as good, but the description/impression of the beer is still reasonably valid, I just wanted to keep a note of what went into this review.
This was a decent, malt first beer, but I didn’t love it.
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, Buffalo, NY. Chestnut brown with a thin beige head; spicy malt aroma; some purple fruit from the roasted malts, and some powdered chocolate as well; and then a dry, nutty, finish. Not really a recognisable English style, but rather pleasant. RobertDale (6471) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel and some hops. Taste is malt, caramel, dark fruit and a bit of chocolate. Finishes a bit dry and sweet. Nice. mansquito (6427) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
When this beer poured, I was sure that it was a brown ale, because the tan head and the dark brown body made it seem that way. The aroma was not exquisite... mostly just roasted malts and sugars, but not in a really appetizing way. The beer’s texture was a little bit on the creamy side, but was also in a strange way kind of watery. Caramel and roasted malt sweetness were the primary flavors in the beer. Don’t really know if I liked this or not, but hell it was interesting. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle: Poured a medium black color ale with a nice foamy off-white head with standard retention. Aroma of roasted malt is kind of weak and I could not find anything else really. Taste is also a bit thin with some roasted malt and not much else going on. As mentioned, body is thin and carbonation is low I’ve had much better beer form that style to truly care about that one. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
pours amber/brown with a small ring of white fine bubbles around the rim of the glass. Smells breaddy with some decent rose and grapefruit aromas popping through. Taste is on the nutty side like a brown ale with some mild peppery notes. A bit thin on the mouthfeel for an english strong ale, but very drinkable. A bit bland on the finish. This one has potential, but is not as balanced as other English Strongs I’ve had.