ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 26, 2002
(2001). not quite a barley wine as it is dominated by a malty toast-like taste,as in a scotch ale some spices here with a understated hoppiness.
potent alcohol content is masked well to make this a good winter warmer. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Dark ruby with a medium tan head that diminshed quickly. Very spicy malty cherry aroma. Flavor is very dry and not nearly as sweet as I remember previous vintages. The alcohol is fairly prominent. Kind of one dimensional. Disapointing. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
A clear dark brown beer with alcohol in the smell as well as copious amounts of malt, and some esters. The flavor is a bit bitter near the end, lasting aftertaste. burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2004
2004 vintage. Nice beer, Big english hop flavor balanced (although not perfectly) with some roasted malts. Nice to drink, but not a real thinker beer. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
an okay winter beer, nothing special, there’s a lot better out there. It neither has the depth or character nor body of say Deutsches offering in this genre.
Frank (4235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Not too sure what style this one is. Just sort of a largish ale to dark to be pale but not quite brown. The color here is a brownish amber capped by about an eighth inch of white head w/ hardly any lace. Nose isn’t very intersting--not much but a touch of caramel and a strange metallic twinge that fades after a few minutes. Slightly sweet but thin bodied w/ rather bland carbonation. There’s some hints of chocolate and caramel w/ maybe a hint of plums or raisin but not much of anything reallly. Just the faintest touch of bitterness on the back of the throat. Drinkable but nothing worth mentioning. RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2006
On tap. Caramel, roasty aroma. Nice deep reddish color, good skirt. Bitter is too strong, the taste can’t make up for it. Thick, but too slick. Overall, could’ve been better. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Draft, cold Pint. Fairly cold temperature for this beer, mostly malt aroma hops was not noticible, poured brown with no real head. Very malty, little hops, but plenty of sweet malt but not cloying. Not too bad at all, but nothing exceptional. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
GABF-on tap-pours a thin light tan head with brown/dark red color. Taste is sweet, mild, not bad. Mild carbonation. Cobra (1100) - - NOV 22, 2006
12 oz. brown, twist off bottle. I hate twist offs. No freshness date seen. Poured out a reddish brown color, with a fast fading, thin, soapy, tan colored head. Not much in the aromas area, nothing really stands out. Flavors are non-descriptive, rather bland. Medium mouthfeel, normal body. Not the best English style ale I ever had.