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.
saxo (18372) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich nuts, rich caramel, malt, hops and fruits. 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. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
A mild tasting strong ale - I didn't realize it was 6%. Clear brown body poured with little head. Licorice, spices, fruits, malt - a whole lot of flavors put together in a mellow package of malt. Hops are warm and lightly peppered. Palate is very smooth and full - almost flat tasting, but the carbonation is there around the edges. Very good. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Earth and plummier fruit in the aroma than in the flavor. Mineralized, very softly carbonated water with fresh watermelon malt accents and herby, vegetal hoppi ng make this very nice up front. Some lasting bitterness. Reduced fruitiness compared to some other ESAs, which are not my fave style. Also, a bit thin. Miles away from the rich dark plumminess of a Fuller’s Strong, but still pretty yummy.
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 18, 2006
Deep copper color, brussels lacing. Raspberries, ornages, cranberries, cinnamon in the nose. Light med body, cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, watery finish. henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
The 25 ounce bottle poured a slightly hazy dark amber beverage with a large smooth cream colored head that was mostly lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma had a good balance for the style with the hop characteristics being dominant. There were floral and herbal notes out front with a nice malt sweet backdrop. The body was medium-full with lively carbonation and a sharp, dry texture. The flavor started off with a slight sweetness; the hop character coming out strong. Toward the middle the sweetness subsides and a nice hop bitterness takes over lasting through the good long finish. thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pour is a dark hazy red with an average white head. Aroma is a nice mix of spice and cinnamon. Flavor is also a nice mix of flavors. Some hops show up but a nice spice hits the tounge along with some dustyness and caramel malts. A nice brew to sip on a cold night. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle from the Beverage Castle, Tampa.
Has a bit of a fresh scrubbed glass, cleaning solution aroma, but that is muted. Stronger aromas include fruit and malt and a bit of caramel and sugar. The body is an orange tinted dark brown and holds a well formed thumb thick head that is quite lasting and very substantial looking. Medium sweetness with some very noticeable alcohol that gives a sort of dry chemical bitterness. Some dark fruit notes and a suggestion of spice. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Fairly decent, but the alcohol seems entirely too harsh for a relatively low 6% abv beer. McGarnigle (651) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Our Glass bottle with a bit of crumpet on the label. Not dated. Pours clear ruby with everlasting head (and great lacing down the side of the glass too). Smooth body with soft fizz. Caramel and raisin malt backbone. The hops hit the back of the throat to dry it out. As it warms, fruity esters really come through, but too warm and there’s sherry booziness to it. Still a really good British beer, but pricey here in the States.