ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tried this one back in August 2011.
Deep brown and shimmering in the lights with a plump, off-white crown that holds and laces well - admittedly an attractive number. Aroma has an initial sulphury burst before some dusty roasted malt, sweet, burnt sugar and stone fruit notes come into play, earthy and musty overall. Quite soft, soapy meets smooth in mouthfeel, very light in body. Dry, obscenely woody with a good wallop of roasted peanut and almond flavour. Spicy, earthy backend, astringent malt swallow before more dry, roasted malt and nut notes in the finish. Looks the part but is absent of character and filtered of charm. Quaffable at best. (50cL, BB 31/05/12, Budgen’s, Withycombe Village, Exmouth, Devon)
tomashanzon (15) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2012
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Boring beer that is made to look interesting. Does not taste much but looks like a proper craft beer. In Sweden its brewed by mass-producing giants Spendrups, i.e if you want your beer to taste something, try something other than this..
dogbomb (940) - ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich oak coloured beer with a large light tan head. Biscuity smells, light fruity hints of raisin. Nice meaty body in the mouth making the beer feel "full". Flavours include raisin, biscuit, oats, a little spice. Finish is a nice mellow bitter with a nice balance. Could session this with ease.
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml Brown bottle, best before 9 Mar 2010, drank 3 Dec 2009. Poured (twice) into my ’La Chouffe’ tulip glass, my current favourite tasting glass.
Teak wood red/brown colour, clear and clean. On top sat a thick off-white foaming head which left some good lacing as I downed the beer.
Malts are the main aroma producing elements of the nose producing a toffee, molasses and roasted feel to the smell.
Sharper than I anticipated, the malts from the aroma also dominate the flavours somewhat, the roasted malts being the most prominent taste.
I like Adnam’s traditional beers and I love Southwold (were the brewery is), but I am struggling to see where this beer fits into their portfolio.
An OK beer and a bit of a disappointment considering who brews it.
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma crackers, spices, caramel and some roasted notes. Flavor is sweet andm malty with some caramel, and roasted malt. Medium body, soft carbonation.
Cunningham (4438) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colour with a tan head. Malty and light fruity aroma. Caramel, light roasted malt, light fruity and some chocolate in the flavor.
[Bottle from Varnaveien Mineralvann in Moss, Norway]
StueyD (1144) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A frothy white head on top of a dark brown beer. A strong, roasted malt aroma, sweetish with a slight bready smell. Dry mouthfeel. Bittersweet roasted malt flavour, sweet, caramel and bready. Dry in the finish.
MickG (11) - - MAR 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle – Adnams bottles always of a fairly good quality - this one much more traditional bitter than Explorer which I also tried. Roasted malts and nutty in flavour, thin white head, and fairly long bitter finish
TEJA (1285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Grey small lingering foam. Dry caramell aroma with some woody hop aroma. Well fermented beer with litle maltiness and small bitterness.
Jimthechap (1621) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild isn’t usually a style that floats my boat. I find it, well, a bit mild. This pours a slightly hazy ruby brown colour with a film of cream coloured head. That rubiness carries on in the aroma of plums, cranberries, caramel and cream. One of the finest smelling things in the world is a good creamy British ale. There’s no shortage of body, it is silky and full with good prickly carbonation around the sides of the tongue. Flavourwise it has cherry tart and good stinging acid notes. It develops on the palate becoming softer and rounded but with good fresh berry fruitiness around it. Mild? Maybe.