Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 31 March 2012) Dark reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with red fruit, caramel and orange peel. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, toast, red fruit and spicy hops in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain malt sweetness. Very much like an English strong ale brewed by American brewers, which in fact is exactly what it is. Well balanced and nice.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit and hops. Medium body with flavors of dark malt, figs/dates, hops and a bit of yeast. The finish is fruity with a resinous hops aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Clear deep amber with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, alcohol and citrus. Flavor is sweet caramel malty with an alcohol bite and medium hop bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouth feel. This is a nice beer, very barley wine like a bit on the sweetish side.
Scrapersnbeer (1248) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer with the hop notes of an American pale and the malt accent of a dark English ale. Dates? Only faintly. They do appear in the flavor, which transitions from hoppy bitter to the bittersweet of a dried date. Malt and alcohol are largely hidden. Murky red brown color and tan lace. Thick and heavy. Very nice recipe here.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned on 11/30/2011. 4 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this seems to have some stale grassy hop aroma, as well as some very sweet, fruity, and sugary malty notes. The dates impart a bit of a floral character, too. Transparent ruddy dark-amber body with a medium off-white head. Fair lacing. Starts with a bit of caramel and toffee malty character. Becomes a little more toasted in the middle. Some fruity sweet flavors then briefly make a cameo, before this finishes rather dry and a little bitter with some spicy hop flavors. This seems to be lacking a little body. A solid, but not spectacular beer.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from wine warehouse. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Bits of prune and raisin on the nose. Lots of alcohol on the tongue. Bit of hop spiciness on the finish. Competently made but nothing I’m doing backflips over.
BeerKurve (358) - - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark maroon with an unfiltered appearance. The lacing and head retention are quite good and stay with you throughout. The flavors include caramel, toffee, dates, plums, floral hops, spices and peated malts. It’s pretty light bodied and the carbonation is pretty low, but there is an amount of thickness that throws me off which reminds me of a Scotch Ale. The flavor and mouthfeel for that matter remind me of a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, so much so that I would classify this ale as such. It’s still a good beer regardless and it’s worth checking out at the very least
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can/12oz - Pours a quite dark brown that is actually ruby in color if held to the light. Head is light tan and foamy... some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of dark fruit that is partially masked by the piney hops. Flavor is malty with lots of dark fruit. Hops are not as strong as in the aroma. Lingering medium hop bitterness and the thick sweetness of the dates. I liked this one... very interesting...
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a cloudy red tinted brown. Lacing is a layer of soapy film. Aromas of fig, tofee, apple, hay, caramel, and other dark fruit. Toasty.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice solid beer. The addition of dates makes it an interesting project and the hops are subdued, but still recognizable. This is a beer I would consider purchasing again.