Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 Liked he smell from the start. Went down good. The Badgers scored on my first drink but luck didn’t hold out with me finishing the beer as they didn’t score again DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2004
This is expensive, but good. It’s very tasty, with lots of flavour and a full palate and just yummy. It’s also nice that Shakespeare’s on the bottle. I disagree about it being in a clear bottle (see below review): this is inconsequential. What is consequential is the quality of the brew, which is good. The downside is the price. It is probably overpriced for its quality although it is quite a pretty and pretty tasteful and tasty beer. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
why why WHY does this come in a clear bottle??? it should illegal for beers to be packaged in clear bottles. in fact, i think a lot of the blame for simple misinformed-ness in beer comes from clear or green bottles. damn it. thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2004
anyway, smells grassy and skunky, nothing particularly wintery about it. lots of malt with a bit of spice, minimal hops presence, but hops don’t really belong in a nice winter beer. very enjoyable despite the clear freakin’ bottle.
Pours is a deep read with a medium sized white head. Aroma is wet hops but mine was a little skunked. Thank you clear glass bottle. Flavor is carmel malts with a touch of peppery spice. Ok but nothing really great. haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
Bottled for 2004-2005. Deep orange body, washy head. Fruity malt nose with a rough edge to it. Wonderful taste, lots of lively hops, sniff of a spicyness behind a pleasent fruitness, keeps on tingling on the gums, surprisingly light palate for a stronger ale. Enjoyable.
rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2004
From the trepidation inducing clear glass 550 ml. bottle to the pint glass, the beer looked orange, clear, and possessed a modest sized, short lived head. The aroma was slightly spicy along with perfumey floral scents, and thankfully no skunk. The taste showed typical English beer restraint, and tasted very balanced. There was a buttery, salty, caramelized malt flavor similar to a hard butterscotch candy. The level of hops was high for an offering from across the pond, however the hops were mostly of the aromatic variety with low bitterness. The beer was creamy on the palette with a slightly dry aftertaste. Astonishingly drinkable for a 6% ABV beer, as the alcohol is very well hidden. This does not have the oomph of the other winter warmers, I can find off the shelves, but is a quality beer nonetheless. lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2004-2005 bottle. Pours amber with super-thick white head. Smells very strongly of freshly-cut grass. Bitter hoppy taste. I expected more and was disappointed with this. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Pours a light orange/amber with a thick, off-white head. Strong malty nose with a definite hop presence. The taste is dark, bitter hops. Thin bodied with a dry, lasting bitter aftertaste. A good beer, but not quite what I expected and a little disappointing. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Bottle at home on Christmas Day 2017, re-rating from previous November 13, 2004 rating. Pours mostly clear copper with a medium, bubbly off-white head, long retention leaving a small film on top and cordon. Rich biscuit malt throughout, light alcohol spice, faint fruity esters (candied fruit cake), light earthy and woody hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Aroma of caramel apples, nuts, vanilla. Really one of the best smelling beers I have ever sniffed. Clear light amber color with a thin white head. Buttery, toasted, caramel flavor that coats the tongue. Quite sharp finish for such a still looking ale. Subtle and well balanced.