|"Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked-on lace.
"Smell: Nutty aroma...a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.
"Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.
"Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world...this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate
"A rich, reddish-brown color with a frothy tan head that lingers, this is a classic selection that illustrates how delicious balance and restraint can be. It’s a traditional English brown ale, very elegant and nuanced, offering subtle aromas and flavors of caramel malt, brown bread, dried red fruits like raisin and date and a veritable mélange of nutty notes, particularly hazelnut and walnut shells. The texture is creamy and mouthfilling, but the finish is balanced by a hint of earthy hop bitterness, ending dry and clean." —Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast Magazine (93 points)
"Copper brown color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust, dried fruits and chocolate covered nuts with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lively peppery, citrusy, and earthy hop and melon finish. A delicious spot on English brown ale." —Beverage Testing Institute (92 points)
Gold, 2012 World Beer Championships