Taboada (422) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 mml bottle tasted on 05/08/2014. Amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of copper, hops and barley. Taste is caramel with bread and hops. Medium body and carbonation. Ok but nothing special. Next one please!
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - AUG 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-15-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a very lightly hazy amber color with a light brown tint. The head is big and billowy and has fantastic retention. Over time it very slowly recedes and the large bubbles of the head pop. In the end the receding head leaves a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with this is a roasted malt aroma, some light molasses notes as well as a faint herbal smell.
Taste – The taste starts out more roasted malt and biscuit in nature with some tastes of a sweet caramel. A hop flavor of an earthy and herbal nature then come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. These flavors intensify while most of the caramel dissipates. Overall a roasty, buttery and biscuit flavor mixed with a moderate herbal hop flavor are left on the tongue. Very ESB like in my opinion maybe with just a bit sweeter and more roast then most ESB’s.
Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was above average in body as it had a more creamy and smooth then most. The carbonation level was rather low. The low carbonation mixed with the creaminess gave it more of a cask like taste (even out of the bottle) and actually also gave it more the ESB feel as the taste also gave.
Overall – Very nice. It starts sweeter and gets more hoppy and bitter as the taste advances. Quit easy drinking and delicious.
Kita (1277) - Koper, SLOVENIA - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 0.355l. Hazy amber brown color with large creamy off-white head, good lacing and sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel, dandelion syrup, sherry and light medicinal notes. Taste starts with mild sweet but rich caramel malt, follows by fruity and grassy acidity, crisp mouthfeel and moderate resinous hoppy finish. Medium body, thick texture and lively carbonation in palate. Surprisingly bold brew with such average ABV...
VastActiv (3332) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.335l at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 31032012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, berries, some hops and malts.
commonmac (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint pour at Clark Street Ale House. Amber/copper color and a steady, white frothy head. Caramel and malt sweetness right from the start. Some elements of fruit present. Other people in the group claim dried apricot. End has a pleasant sweet quality. I think this could be improved with a little more complexity. Overall, still quite enjoyable.
flying_pig (1050) - SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.40):
Lots of malts & sweetness on the nose with caramel too but not much hops, some earthy ones appear though. Well balanced with some floral notes with a few dark fruits. Sweet, fruity & good strength.
Deep copper amber with a 3cm, foamy white head that looks slightly creamy. with great retention & zero movement until you actually take a drink.
Sweet malts & caramel flavours that match the nose well. There is some background fruits coming through with some light, floral hops featuring as well but again it’s the malts that lead the way.
Smooth & fairly light bodied, almost watery in parts but there was a pleasant sweetness throughout & a clean, slightly dry finish that has a lingering bitterness to it.
This one started very well with the smell being a particular highlight but sadly things started to fade slightly after that with the taste seeming a little watery, more so that I would have liked. Not one I’d pick up again I’m afraid.
bigbish (576) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really nice amber ale. Comes in a can which I appreciate since my kids can’t break it. Smooth flavor, just a touch of bitterness. Good session beer.
Jorn69 (1298) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen 15/7-14. Malty and fruity, medium hoppy, sweet, caramel, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and sweet with hoppy notes.
Iznogud (1202) - CROATIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 355 ml from Za Popen’t, Ljubljana. Pours amber with small off-white head. Fruity hops aroma. Citrus, spicy, hoppy with nice bitter finish.
dlihcsnatas (388) - Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got this in cans (all the local store had) and upon opening the can there was a thick foam rising fast so my first taste was sucking down the suds before they found thier way to the floor. Suds wasn’t bad so was looking foward to actually having some of the beer. Pouted up into glass a dark amber brew with thin head that lays down to lace quickly. Aroma is malty sweet with some wood notes to it. Taste is caramel malts and some hop bitterness. Fairly well balanced but thick, like did they stop the ferment too soon. For this thick of a brew I would think it would have a higher ABV. Decent brew overall and I did drink down the whole 6 pack with no problems but plan to only purchase this agian if it is on sale.