nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
The aroma is buttery and malty with toffee and hops. The appearance is hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is bitter and much like the aroma. The palate is slick. Overall it’s decent. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 a tad buttery. nice caramel malts. gives off a fruity taste with a mild yet flavorful hop presence. I enjoy this one willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
20080422 50cl bottle picked up at Spirits in Red Bank. Teak color with small but lasting off-white head. Aroma is simple, but fully pleasant and comforting with a mildly mulch-like tinge and some earthy hops atop the prospect of rounded, bready malts to come. And they do. Nice enough on the palate, it’s maybe a bit thin and still, but perhaps an attempt at recreating the cask feel...more likely poor overseas handling. Despite the relatively light body, the malts seem potent for a beer of medium alcoholic heft and the finish is long and satisfyingly coating. There is a bit of an off flavor lingering at the end that reminds of the previous atrocity I just now dispatched in the drain, the Hoppy Otter. It’s a bit on the vegetal side and nothing I look forward to dealing with again. Perhaps it’s just the lingering after effects from that other mess, or perhaps it’s something with the Otter yeast I don’t dig. At any rate, this one is much better than the previous and something I’d drink again if it was cheaper. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2008
Tasty little English style ale. Cloudy brownish orange with the tiniest of heads. Caramel malt aroma with a smooth, mild taste. Malty and slightly smoky sweetness. Full bodied. Nice. MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
Apr. 3, 2008; pint+ bottle purchased for $5 at Chanatry’s Market, Utica, NY. Murky-brown pour; big caramel-candy aroma. Notes of ripe fruit. Pretty full-bodied for the style, with medium bitterness. Seems quite sessionable. Would definitely have this again.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 25th March 2008. A hardly carbonated, mahogany brew. Strong aroma of rich caramel malt and alcohol. Dark fruits come through in the taste and there is a good warmth to the palate. A decent strong ale. hotstuff (5232) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Small smooth tan head that quickly dissipated, virtually no lacing, cloudy, very little carbonation observed, and a dark orange hue. The nose was malty, hoppy and fruity. The flavor was malty, mildly hoppy, some caramel, and lightly bitter tasting. Tingly mouthfeel and medium in body. Just an okay beer for me as I could not acquire a liking for the taste as something seemed amiss about it. Not a beer that I am likely to have again. ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours a slightly dark caramel with absolutely no head, just a small blob of large bubbles and some thin lacing. Nose is surprisingly fruity, with strong plum/raisin sherry-like character, plus a faint hint of yeast bite and some mild English hop leathery funkiness. Starts smooth and full on the palate but buckles halfway through, ending a bit thin but with a decent hop bite for a bitter, mildly grassy and herbal. Goes down easy, with well hidden strength for an ESB. Palatable. demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours a cloudy caramel color with no head and little carbonation. The nose is molasses and creme brulee with a slight yeasty tinge. The flavor is light caramel with a definite bitter finish. Not very full-bodied and a little light for me. Not bad. thedm (6306) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to large sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a slightly hazy softly carbonated brown colored body and a poor lacing. The weak aroma was malty bready and dough. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The weird off the mark flavor contained notes of malt and hops. Not one that I would likely buy again.