seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle into a nonic glass. Nearly opaque copper colour with lots of chill haze, a thin layer of beige foam, and sticky lace. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel candies, molasses, orange marmalade. Flavours: rich malt sweetness, well-balanced by woodsy/earthy hops, toffee, toast, roasted nuts, freshly baked whole-wheat bread, dried apricots, a sweet and juicy plum, faint chocolate and coffee notes. Some pleasant oxidation--I’m pretty sure this bottle had been sitting there quite awhile--but it works with this English Strong Ale style. Well-concealed, alcohol, smooth and warming. A very tasty English ale overall. leaparsons (10557) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2003
The aroma is roasted and nutty with a touch of licourice. Looks pretty good too - a very dark ruby coloured beer. Tastes of winter fruits and licourice with roast character. Quite juicy and mouthfilling on the palate. Good long finish too. Good beer. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Nice, clean malty aroma. Copper color. Big malt flavor with a strong hop presence. Enjoyable brew. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2003
A very good ale, that reminds me slightly of 1845, but a little bit spicier. Pours a dark amber color with a faslty fading head, that has some nice clingy lacing. A bitter and dry finish. Very easy to drink. 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.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2003
illustration of sexy blonde babe on bottle. dark amber brown. faint tobacco aroma. initial malty sweetness followed by a dry bitter bite of hops. feels thin and crisp. good stuff. sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Large tan head that hangs, nice lacing. Spicey nose with hints of anise and malt. Clear brown/red color.,good looking brew. Medium body. Malty, spicey,fruity. Finish is dry. Pleasent, easy drinking beer. Nice label too. Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a rusty brown with a beautiful foam head that stood and stood. Nice florally sweet aroma. The flavor is harsh at first, acidic and woody, but it settles into a smooth (a little flat) roasty ale. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle. Reddish brown with a huge off-white head. Fruity, bready, spicey aroma. Sweet malt, fruity taste with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff. Fin (10542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle picked up at SH Jones Bicester. This was more like it, after having the Wye Valley Butty Bach I then had this one next and had picked it up without even looking at the strength in the shop. This was a corker, poured a deep copper colour with a sweet malty aroma and not much of a head. But it was the Taste Department that this really excelled in, a really full flavoured beer that tasted of toffee, malt, and some slight burned flavours excellent when compared to its stablemate and very good in it’s own right.