MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
Thin but stinging hops on the nose and palate...Some dark chocolate in the back...Watery but even... estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2003
Mild floral nose, small tan head, reddish-orange body with a slight haze. Mild fruity hops with finishing spice, medium bitterness, not much body despite a good mouthfeel. No discernable alcohol presence. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2003
Aroma is roasty and lightly fruity - tiny bit of lacing - a well-hopped English Strong - tiny bit of spice - a bit lacing in body and complexity - this seems very similar to their 46er IPA, the only real difference is the roasty quality to the flavor and aroma and the slightly higher maltiness. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
Opaque chocolate brown. Light brown head. Malty, nutty aroma w/ light alcohol. Body is a little on the light side of medium, perhaps over-carbonated. Nutty, caramel flavour w/ some chocolate & roastiness & a decently bitter, lightly alcoholic finish. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark brown color with some lacing and a malted smell. Taste is somewhat smoked malt and finishes with a moderate bitterness. Overall an ok beer, but nothing too special.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Dark brown pour, hops and malt in aroma. Taste was creamy at first with a decent malt body and noticeable, but hardly overwhelming hops - a sweet taste. Had no idea it was 7%. Good beer. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Pours with a five+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation. Nose is faintly malty. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a balance of malt and hops, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY. 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. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2005
A nice hops flavor to this one, a bit of pepper, and enough malt flavor, creates a well balanced brew, I could drink this one everyday! Thanks Secret santa! Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2006
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.