marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle BBE: 10/09
Medium amber pour, very light head.
The aroma is quite distinct, and quite nice - heather dominates, maybe a hint of vanilla.
Initial taste picks up nice toasted notes, but these fade to... not much. There’s a nice sweetness (heather again) that fades to an undistinguished finish.
I think the "dark" in the name can be confusing; from the floral nose to the light, sweet taste, this is a session beer through and through.
Not bad, though perhaps not worth an extensive hunt or anything.
Ernest (6698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (BB Feb/09).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
This brewery has a funny idea of ’dark’, but in fairness it’s at least darker than blonde. Bland, thin, and characterless. Not the rampant raw yeast bomb that the Blonde was/is, but not much better. Drain pour. Why Shelton is carrying this stuff is beyond me.
thornecb (4787) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
POurs amber into an English pint. Sickly looking head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sweet and sour tang aromas. Soft with upfront caramel and a lasting pit fruit finish.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours an almost clear amber golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and....fish? Somehow very British. Light in body, notes of caramel, fruit and vitamin-C - and perhaps some overripe sweet fruit also. Very discreet bitterness in the finish. 160808
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500 ml bottle (best by end of 1/08) from Tully’s) Pours slightly hazy caramel amber with two fingers of biege head. Fairly big aroma of caramel, licorice and some pine. Even caught a few whiffs of Scotch at first. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but a touch fizzy and thin. Flavor of caramel and licorice with some pretty strong earthy and peaty undertones. More earth and peat than I’ve tasted in alot of Scotch ales in fact. Malty and peaty but a bit too weak. A pretty nice flavor profile - if only this were bigger and beefier. Bitterness builds toward finish and provides a light-medium hit at the end. More a Scotch in character than a bitter IMO but falls short with the low ABV and lightness.
daniele (6400) - ITALY - JUL 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber with tiny off white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with herbal notes. Sweet flavor with herbal and caramel notes. Ends sweet.
yespr (34865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy orange with a lacing off-white head. Apple citric aroma. Light alcohol aroma bite. Woody and dry malt flavour. Growing bitterness into the finish. Dry and towards woody flavour.
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. [Courtesy of BelJohansen, thanks buddy] Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Cloudy amber colour. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of fruit, grain, caramel, hint of floral and ask like notes. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Light to moderated bitter flavour with good counter sweetness. Somewhat herbal and hoppy like dry finish.
fonefan (38686) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light unclear light to medium amber orange color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, hay, light to moderate hoppy, grass, pine needle, orange, peat - smoke. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft to lively, finish feel is light metallic. (010408)