dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 This is almost as good as the Fullers 1845, bitter with robust aroma of floral and banana... the flavour is a tad weak compared to the amazing aroma, but it certainly has a dark malt taste. I will definitely have this one again. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
My favorite of what I have had from this brewery. Aroma is earthy with a strong, overripe cherry aroma reminiscent of standing under a cherry tree that has rotting fruit around it...intense. Once again the matchstick sulphur is here in the aroma. Flavor is intense with high residual sugar and a full body. Dark cherry is pronounced and, in my opinion, a great complement to a malty, strong ale such as this. The cherry can be distracting, though inviting in the other styles I have had. Here it makes so much sense. There are complex caramel malt sugars here as well which feed off of the cherry and finally a bitterness in the background that comes into the finish and dries the beer as to not leave an cloying mouthfeel. Excellent. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
bottle. deep, dark copper colour. aroma of raisins, and lots of malts. Has a hoppy and sweet flavour with moderate complexity. Alcohol appears towards the end but it’s a nice touch...fully bodied. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Deep, slightly hazy brown, tan head. Elements of caramel, toffee, malt, and some fruits. Medium to full bodied. Quite nice, would drink again. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Part of a trade with Dave (pootzboy). This pours a deep mahogany with a foamy beige head. Aroma of sweet fruit, candy, malt. Nice. Medium to full bodied with some gentle carbonation and creamy feel. The flavor was rich. Buttery at times, fruity. Interesting and good. Thanks, Dave!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Deep copper colour with a small beige foam. Smells fruity with malts as well. Medium-full bodied taste of caramel and orangey/apple. Finish is dry & moderately bitter. A nice ale but nothing special.
pintbypint (3643) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
Sampled from 341ml brown bottle. Pours ruby brown with slight off white head which was short lasting. Fruity malt in the aroma. Dark chocolate giving way to a dry, yet short bitter finish. Notes of alcohol throughout. Medium mouthfeel. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Very good, molasses cake aroma with chocolate. Dark brown, but still transparent. Love the redcoat on the bottle. Very smooth, goes a bit acidic. Bitter chocolate, stewed fruit. ABV shines through at times. Velvety feeling, but the body is mostly medium weight. Some green fruit or grassiness in the finish, followed by parched grain. Very good. PorterPounder (7973) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Dark cola-like appearance with a thin beige head. Delectable aroma of raisins, dates, brandy and brown bread. Chewy, thick, mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden rather well - would make a good winter warmer. Same flavors as the aroma come through, not sickenly sweet though, also a hint of pipe tobacco. An excellent strong ale. Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2004
650ml bottle. A mahogany-red ale that pours with a foamy, light brown head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, malty, lightly earthy aroma with a dark fruitiness and some hop character in the background. Medium body, softly carbonated. Full, malty, fruity flavour—plums and oranges come to mind—with a moderately dry finish that reveals a gentle bitterness. You can’t help but feel that it’s missing something extra. Good, but not quite fully satisfying.