Dave420 (55) - O.C, California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
An outstanding beer. Definately one of the best, if not the best, beers ive ever drank. Tasted like Newcastle but with a little more flavor and aroma. Smooth nutty taste that just glides into my stomache. I just wish it was easier to find at stores and in six/twevle packs. freekyp (2410) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2005
One of the classics! Earthy peaty aroma and flavor with a dry finish. Every so slightly sweet with chocolate and strong nut characteristics. Not one complaint except that I don’t have more of it. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours a coppery brown with a thick tan hed. Nose is of malts, nuts, and caramel. Taste is buttery, nutty, coffee, chocolate, and slightly sweet with a pleasant lingering bitter finish. Good session beer, for sure. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a nice tawny brown with a creamy layer of light tan head. Aroma is that lovely buttery-yeastiness that often characterizes Samuel Smith’s ales, along with a fine sweet herbal hop aroma. Alas--a hint of skunking, but not enough to be distracting. Beautifully soft, creamy and warming palate--a mouthfeel that reminds me very much of good hot chocolate. Buttery, toasty flavors with some port-like qualities. Restrained hops in the initial tastes, but a nice lingering bitterness. Post-rating, I tried this with some good funky British Stilton. A terrific pairing. Though I usually prefer much stronger Imperial Stouts with strong blue cheeses, the sweet, toasty quality of the beer nicely complimented the creamy minerally quality of the cheese. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a clear hazelnut brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smell is caramel malt. Lightly nutty.
Taste is slightly bitter and malty up front. Caramel and sweet malt. Some metallic flavors. Quite bitter, more bitterness than I was expecting but not a lingering bitter aftertaste. Pretty complex yet smooth. Very drinkable and tasty.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Pours cola colored with burnt-flour tan, solid one-inch head which fades to a small layer that stays. Some lacing. Nice carbonization as bubbles regularly rise. Aroma is fickle, slight herbs, malt, cocoa, hay, yeast burnt toast. Wonderfully complex. Taste is just as tantelizing. Notes of malt, loam, smoke, bread, herbs, toasted pecans, green pepper, toffee, and espresso. Another healthy 550ml instead of 500. Good drinker, makes me think of a tudor pub with darts, pork rinds, and some proper mates. Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Pours with an amber copper color and lots of tan head. It has a nutty vanila scent. Very smooth beer, light hops and nutty taste. rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Copper color with a big thick colar of white foam, nutty, maltiness aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate, malty caramel, butterscotch, nutty flavors in a bitter and malted finish. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 [bottle at Bukowski’s] Very dark, pours with a small head. Excellent flavor.. especially nutty with some other strange caramel and coffee. Very complex. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 [bottle: peckhams: imperial pint glass]
pours brown with a bubbly head which quickly disappears to nothing. nose is malty, with a roasted nuttyness being the first thing i noticed, there is also a woody pencil shavings aroma, some molasses and a very slight hoppy smell of grass. thinner than i would have liked i suppose, with a little bitterness in the finish.