Lore (1064) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly cloudy amber colour, huge, long lasting dense beige head; aroma of biscuit, toffee, some apple and dried fruits; taste is less complex: bitterness and some burnt sugar - based on the aroma I expected more
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite misty body and beige large and stable head, looking amazing. Interesting and fresh aroma, with biscuit and bready malts, characterful and - well - full. Fresh hop aroma, mixing classic leaf like qualities with an American spruce and citric appeal. Taste isn’t as bitter as expected (perhaps my perception of modern hop lovin’ American brews rather than the now-classic recipes of Anchor and other early craft brewing legends). Easy to drink though and quite juicy and, again, the malt base is wonderful and totally justifies the modest 6% abv. Great balance, great beer. Oh, and I love the Anchor bottles. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)
MikeKeller (848) - Kemi, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear copper colour, beautiful creamy head. Aroma is surypy malts, grapes and hops, very nice. Flavour is sweetish, surypy malty and quite bitter too with a dry finish. Long aftertaste.
Benzai (8227) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Slightly unclear reddish color, medium sized beige head. Smell malts, some hops, lightly sweet. Taste malts, a touch of caramel some hops, nicely bitter, maybe slightly some maple in there. Medium body and carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4019) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ benzai. Clear dark amber colour, medium to large off-white head. Smells malty, barley wine, nice. Tastes barley-wine, some cardboard, quite malty, slightly sweet. Medium body, a bit too much carbo.
elbernays (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours autumnal red with off white head. Head stays and creates nice lacing and bubbles at the tilt. Really good looking beer. Lots of syrup on the nose backed up with woody, earthy notes. When i seen a maple leaf on label I was worried this would be too sweet but it is very well balanced. The flavour is maple syrup at the start with some sweet strawberry jam. Bitterness kicks in on the finish but is hinted at rather than overpowering. Mouthfeel is slick and body is medium. Body carries flavours well, not a hint of alcohol. Carbonation is light to medium. This is a flavoursome well balanced red. One of the better in its style.
mike_77 (3122) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet, syrupy and hoppy. Initial sweetness quickly fades as the hops kick in. Little bit metallic and bitter in the finish.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish-amber with an inch of orangey head. Smells of pine, grapefruit, and malt. Whoa. This is interesting: fruity, light maple, and finises with toasted malts.
joergen (20755) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms Gustav.
Clear orange coloured with a small off-white head.
Fruity aroma of caramel, grass and hops.
Fruity flavour of caramel, grass and hops.
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Glug, Newcastle. This is a dark amber coloured beer with tropical fruit flavours, sugary sweet notes, malt, red fruit and a roasted and sweet finish.