Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Mahogany with a large, cream colored head comprised of foam. A good deal of lacing accompanies this. Rich and earthy aromas of nuts and caramel. A wet smell of peat is there. The flavor is mostly caramel with a good nuttiness. It is also earthy. Thin bodied and watery, but refreshing. An earthy finish coupled with a touch of bitterness. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Dark black/brown beer with a light brownish creamy head. Thick root dirt smell is totally diffrent from the rich sweet taffey malt flavor. It also has caramel tons. rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
From the keg, which I’ve never seen before. This really appealed to me - dark brownish ESB with minimal hop bitterness and a full, malty body with notes of vanilla and caramel. Nice beer. chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Murky brown ale. Initial skunky aroma masked any good aromas it has. The taste was bitter and nutty. Nothing fancy but a pretty good brew. Would like to sample a cask. ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
1 pint 9 oz bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a thin white head. Aroma was very yeast-like with some malt. Taste was pretty good, very smooth with a caramel, malt flavorings. I would have rather had this in a smaller bottle but enjoyed it overall.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Tapped at Old Chicago in Rockford. Thin head, but a brown pour. Sweet malts on nose. Impressive malty flavor, a bit nutty, and filling. CanadaCam (109) - CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Nice aroma. Pours with a thin head, but scores some points with its nice, nutty flavour. WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 2, 2006
500 ml bottle. Drank on 7/18/06. Very clear, a few floaties. Amber in color. Nice 1" light tan head. Drops to a decent layer of foam. Decent lacing. Aroma - Malty and spicy. Similar to my first amber ale. Some toffee-like? sweetness. Flavor - Initially a sort of sharp bitterness on the tongue. Pretty smooth and well balanced in the middle. A carmelly, sweet, smooth malty flavor in the finish. Palate - solid medium, but some sparkly carb. lightens it up a bit. Overall - very good. I like the maltiness. Drinkable, but has plenty of character. Funny, it smelled like my first amber, but didn’t taste anything like it. I would definitely have this one again. Rune (12770) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2006
500ml hand imported from Swedish Lapland. Off-white head over a copper red body. Dark malty aroma. Taste of roasted malt and dark chocolate that tend to be a bit diluted. Slightly bitter finish. Alright. keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2006
The curse of the clear bottle strikes again. This bottle was purchased at Discount Liquor and was clearly light-struck upon opening. It smelled extremly skunky but following my own rule of finishing every beer to the best of my ability, I drank it anyways. The flavor was not too skunky, but tasted much like Newcastle in bottles. It had a distinct cola taste to go along with slight cocoa and toffee notes. I have a strong hunch that this beer is really of quite high quality and would be best enjoyed on draft. I love Newcastle, and this was very similar in all aspects. I would love to rerate this one appropriately.