11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. Clear brownish color. Fair white head. Fruity aroma, perhaps bananna which is a little disturbing. Thin bodied. Touch of malt and a bit of hops. Mediocre. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Clear and red with a small head. Caramel aroma with a little roasted smell. Relatively dry with a fast finish. Watery. Not much in the way of flavor with moderate caramel flavor. fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2005
From the bottle. Hoppy and metallic enough aroma that I double checked to see if I really poured from a can. Dark reddish color body with a creamy head. Creamy palate with a sweet, hoppy slightly smoky flavor. Went well with fish and chips. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Juicy fruit gum aroma with some funky smelling hops. Pours a transparent red with a small white head. Lightly fruity with some caramel with almost no hops in the finish. It’s not horrible, just really boring. At least it came with a decent glass. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Wychwood artwork is always a pleasure to behold, and the evil little guy on the label is no exception. I liked the dark colour and cream head. Somehow I couldn’t pick up much of the aroma. The toffee taste was pleasant enough. Bitterness I thought was exactly right. The overall verdict: quite good but somehow disappointing. Not quite sure why.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2005
this beer is very different from the normal american beers much more complex and very bitter. a decent brew with a great name and bottle highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2005
Moderate English ESB marred by pasteurisation. Poured a teak colour with ruby highlights and a short but lasting head that laced a bit. Sweetish aroma of boiled lollies, popcorn-like diacetyl, caramel and custard. Not particularly inviting. Tastes much, much better than it smells. Nice creamy palate, medium-bodied, with a dry finish. Very malt-driven, with chocolate and toffee notes and a fruity middle before that disappointing boiled pasteurised taint to the finish. Decent bitterness in the finish. Better than I remembered but no classic. (500ml bottle, Camperdown Cellars, best before 1/9/05) brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest ’05 - An excellent Bitter. Second best "new" beer at event (not including ones tried before). Probably best Brit ESB I’ve had. Most are more thin and flat than this. More like our (US) Bitters. IslandHaole (1291) - Misawa, JAPAN - APR 29, 2005
I’ve had enough Japanese macros over the past week, time for something different! A clear medium to dark Brown, Ruby at the edges. A small beige head. Sweet rich malts, caramel and fruit. A nice flavor with a sweet front, some floral hops in the middle and carmalized sugar sweetness towards the finish, a slightly hoppy, copper penny, sweet aftertaste. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2005
I love English Ales, I picked this one up on random. what a great treat!
Taste of caramel, maple, toffee and a touch of smoke. Good malt gives it great character