urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Handpump at Max's on Broadway. Fruity basic bitter with a great head. I mean it when I say this is great session beer. Not hugely complex, nothing awe-inspiring, just damned good English ale. fdomig (996) - München, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. Appearance is wonderful dark amber with a small white head. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet. A soft carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good English Ale. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a small light brown head that doesn’t last long, no lacing either. Bready and caramel aromas, sugary caramel and sweet honey flavors, medium bodied with a lightly carbonated almost watery mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, gets better as it warms. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Scant head. Minimal nose. Ver low carbonation. Bitter and fruity. Lots of wood flavors. Very English tasting. This bottle was a high fill and was served cold, which may be the reason for the low carbonation. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle pours a red brown color with a small off white head and decent lace. The aroma is roasted malt, ale fruit, and slight hops. The flavor is nice and roasty, chocolate, bitter coffee, sweetness, ale fruitiness, and overall pretty tasty. This ESA behaves like a Porter/Stout/ESA hybrid. The palate is smooth and slick. Overall, I like it fairly well.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 20, 2007
Nose of dried fruit, berries, caramel, and bourbon. Smells alot heavier than 6%. Pours a clear garnet with a smallish creamy off white head that is mostly diminishing with very light lace. Balanced start with lightly tangy acidic middle. The finish is long with slight bitterness, and again notes of dried fruit, and flowers. The medium creamy body is flat. It doesn’t happen often that a brew tastes better than it smells, but this one does. Very well done, and would make a lovely session offering. Hoping this gives me some relief from my stomach virus. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2004
Dark brown-red with beige head.
Malty aroma with molasses, licorice and alcohol.
Bitter flavor with alcoholic tones. Licorice, molasses, syrup and spices as well. Roasted. Fat and velvety palate. LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Draft at Max's - This beer was "pulled" English style, served at room temp. It had very little carbonation, but seemed to be the right amount for the style. A tasty English Beer that I would get again. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
The body has a deep amber color with a burnt orange to reddish highlight. It has tons of visible carbonation rushing up to its thick and creamy head. The tightly packed off white head leaves lots of cool lace patterns and rings on the glass. It’s malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. Underneath the maltiness is a mild dried leafy/herbal and slightly mineral like hop presence. Meeting on the tongue are wonderful malty bready notes with hints of bready yeast, caramel and toffee with mellow fruitiness. Light leafy and herbal hops add a pleasant balance of mild bitterness to the finish. Its mouth feel is a solid medium to full and smooth as silk with mellow carbonation.
SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
A cloudy ruby hue with a large lasting tan head on the pour with good lacing throughout to the end. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity notes, plums, dates, liquorice and some light alcohol esters. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruity flavors of plum, liquorice, some yeast, raisins and some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and mild carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisin notes, light liquorice flavor with a slight pungent sweet bitter ending. Overall this brew was quite good tasty and enjoyable, very nice.