teamsale (273) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2016
On tap. Pours a reasonably clear amber brown with a thin beige head and great lacing. Aroma is woodsy. Flavor is a well balanced mix of malt and hops. A bit smokey. Aftertaste lingers and is medium in bitterness. seymour (2057) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2016
#31. 12oz short-neck bottle into a Schooner glass. Deep reddish, light-brown colour with weak off-white foam. Malty, caramelly, a cool bready and toasty flavour with bright coffee-like acidity (amber malt? brown malt? it definitely seems more complex than the overused Victory malt). No diacetyl, some nice, earthy, resiny, fruity hops, more in flavour than aroma. Medium body and carbonation, great bittersweet aftertaste. An authentic English strong ale, very tasty, easy-drinking with just a hint of alcoholic warmth. Well-crafted and very tasty. superspak (5688) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/11/2015. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amoutn of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. bnokk (536) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2016
APPEARANCE- medium amber color and orange hue. Great head and lacing, even hours later.
NOSE- caramel and malty sweetness.
FLAVOR- some sweetness and clear malty character. Finishes with a bitterness that could be nice for the style, but the flavor isn’t very pleasant. tfontana (1014) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2017 Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Hannaford, Bedford NH. Aroma is straight bready malt. Appearance is clear reddish-amber with huge sparkle, rocky creamy beige head with excellent retention and mild lacing. Taste is bready malts with mild dank resinous hops. Palate is light bodied with thin texture, average carbonation with mix of malty and bitter finish. Overall, a highly drinkable beer with little nuance that has improved over the version a year ago with less citrus astringency, but still no warmth or evident alcohol so other than taste seems misclassified as a strong ale.
donandres (528) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - JAN 24, 2016
12 ounce bottle poured in wine glass
Appearance: Dark amber, with some head dissipates a bit slowly and minimal lacing
Smell: not a lot of aroma, some hint of toated grains
Taste: Nice initial taste, but not a lot of follow through
Overall: Good beer but not something to look forward to, commercial
Today is January 23, 2015 jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Caramel, toast, malty, slight booze aromas. Malty, toast, slight metallic flavors. Pretty blah, pass. Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Dark Copper Color, Huge Foamy Head That Lasts, Spotty Lacing. Malt , Faint Hop Aroma. Malt, Lightly Toasted, Modest Hop Bitter, Faint Citrus. Medium Body. While It Is Not That Impressive at First It grows on You. Easy to drink, Smooth. Simple but enjoyable. Funny Scandinavian Sweater Knit Pattern Label... Decent. mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pretty solid brew. No real aroma and honestly not particularly bold flavors, but just decent dark beer. A little creamy. rondphoto (4468) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2015
bottle from Adam Stovall - Thanks! --- Clear dark amber color, off-white head cover, spots and dots of lace. Taste is Full bodied malt with a little roasted overtones, that moves through a lightly carbonated swallow to a finish that has light hops, and serves to dry the palate. Overall a little heavy, but still quite drinkable.