LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
Dark amber colour. Sweet, malty, and slightly fruity aroma. Flavour is mainly malty (toffee) balanced by a moderately bitter finish. Lightly spicy. Somewhat watery palate. Not bad at all. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice deep reddish brown color with a decent creamy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Fruity and citrusy aroma, smells kind of like an IPA, hoppy citrusy flavors with some caramel. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a sharp bitterness, much better than I remember.
hershiser2 (3661) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Very pretty deep red, small head, lots of carbonation bubbling up the sides.
Strong in scent, cherryish... nice, but nothing overly great.
Thick and malty. Slight coffee and chocolate hints... maybe some raisens in there too. Nice, but there's something that doesn't quite make me really like it.
Well another seasonal tried- OK, but not the best I've had this winter.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Huge hop nose. plentyof hops, hops, and more hops, behind all of which is a decent malt backbone. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Draft at Olde Auburn Ale House, Auburn, Alabama. Poured caramel brown with thin tan head. Moderately roasty with a mild bitter finish. Low carbonation I will blame on the bar. Lightly spiced with hints of coffee.
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 2003 draft. Big dark red color with some bright oranges. Moderate sized copper colored head that leaves quickly. Clear. Aroma of light red/orange fruits, some mild hops and a good earthiness. I was very impressed with the flavor. Balanced, enjoyable. Lightl tart cherries and a good malt backbone with some spiciness to it. Very good to style. Faint bready and nutty flavors. No astringency. yum. Now if they could only fix their ESB. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Dark reddish brown color w/ off white head. Aroma is bitter, slightly hoppy, some malt character. slightly spicey. Flavor is smooth, slighlty malty, with caramel notes. Palate could be a little thicker. Overall pretty good. badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Very sub-par winter ale. Aroma was more like an over hopped pils. Very thin and a tad bitter. Some citrus notes as well. Not too good. Braudog (6833) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark brown with a whipped tan top. There's a thin consistency. It's a tad bitter and nutty with a metallic citric finish. Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Reminds me of an IPA instead of an English Strong. Poured clear red-brown, with a very thin light tan head. Surprisingly weak aroma, with a touch of citrus. Flavor was dominated by grapefruit and pine hops, with a touch of bready malts and hints of fruitiness. Very bitter finish. Rather thin-bodied. A play on SN Celebration Ale? In any case, what are American hops doing in an English Strong Ale?