Marduk (1666) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Hazy orange color. Medium size head, holds quite nice. Fruit flesh, peach, slightly sweet notes in aroma. Quite lovely aroma. Sweet, fruity, oranges, malty flavor. Bit sticky and messy, but not bad at all. In fact very drinkable.
brugmanneke (274) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(cask) Brass coloured, hazy, no head at all. Aroma is fruity with melon, pear, along with a pale malty base. Taste is initially quite sweetish, reminds me of fruit nectar, and finishes with medium bitterness. Almost flat carbonation, smooth. Syrupy-fruity. Too sweet for my taste. Otherwise good.
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Fest2013) (6:4:6:3:13=3.2)
Hazy orange, healthy off-white head. Sticky sweet fruit aroma. Sticky resiny green hops. Tastes like it has bitter fertilised female hops in there too. Smooth palate, carbonation low. Sweet sticky fruity body, and quite acidic - leaves my uvula tingling as if I’ve just vomitted. A bit OTT, not so drinkable.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge) (7:4:6:4:13=3.4)
Very flowery aroma, some fleshy fruits too, but the flowers dominate despite what Anna or Marduk says. Hazy orange, large tight persistent head. Nice hoppy body, lots of resins, but not as acidic as the cask version. Nice mellow light bready grains in the finish, as well as the raw raw hops.
VastActiv (1639) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.33l at home. Colour is hazy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, grape, yeast, malts and massive hops. Very good beer.
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Ale tasted at Gallows Bird RAF. Tropical fruit in the nose. Amber slightly hazy color. Tiny pale head. Slightly sweet hoppy taste. Hints of tropical fruits. Very nice. Slightly too sweet.
McNeillR (623) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Neat and almost Weiss-like nose, without the clove cut back but a . Similarly creamy body with a slim but stern white head. Fresh chunky hops from start to finish and a sleek citrus backbone thanks to an intriguing icey palate. Clean Pineapple lift to the linger.
Very impressive on all counts, to the brim with the hop platter in the glass with an unnerving level of sweetness and refreshment. Almost frozen yoghurt style complex on the palate - cool and creamy - with a very well tied up citrus thread throughout.
Theydon_Bois (5308) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Euston Tap 01/02/13.
Hazed golden amber with a thin bubbly off white head.
Nose is caramel, light piss, fruits.
Taste comprises hops, fruits, sweet sugars, pineapple.
Medium bodied, a little chewy, sweet finish.
Drinkable OK stuff but a little over sweet, not enough bitterness, balance not quite there for me.
RichardW (1300) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Rehills Ncl. The faint yeast aroma is cut through with what I can only describe as an adhesive like character early on. It does settle but transfers to the back of the throat. The strength is apparent early on, with warming qualities. Oily and piney with citrus notes, sharp rounded finish, hazy gold colour and pours with a nice foaming white head.
Brandman (1756) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Gallows Bird. Semihazy golden body, white head. Aroma has Grapefruit, pines, citrus, big toasty malt. Flavour is quite dry and light with little alcohol and yeast on the finish. Some bubblegum and verunicely fruity hopped. Smooth and oily palate.
Hermod (2580) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird, real ale festival. Dark amber, thin head. Sweet fruity, cats piss, malty aroma. Flavor has sweet fruityness, dark fruit, bitter hops. Long, sweet piney finish. Fruity, on the sweeter side. Good body.