Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Sweet apple plum aroma with a light spiced note. Bitter fruit and a light toffee and roasted malt character. A hint of smoke and licorice to round out. Nice brew.
cgarvieuk (18086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home ... copper ... sweet metallic malt nose... over fizzy ... juicy fruity toffee ... little bitterness. decent if nothing special
McWorta (1071) - LUXEMBOURG - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An intense smell of yeast hops with traces of barn/malt. Very light raisin a wee bit roasty, hops, floral grass/hay
Brownish-orange colour with a small head if at all. Clear liquid.
Light bitter going into a medium-heavy sweetness. Looks like having a lot of CO2 but not too much to feel of it on the lips or tongue. Medium-full body, slick bit oily texture, soft carbonation with a long solid finish. Nothing hitting but very comfortable. a potential beer for all day around.
Alphadelic (1965) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost he same colour as the bottle. Very brown. Thin lacy head.
Rich and malty but altogether less than amazing. Very malty with caramel along with some heavy cereal notes.
A little fizzy but really nice and oily.
Pretty nice and drinkable but nothing at all special.
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 (6836) - 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 (4923) - 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 (25072) - 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 (6750) - ITALY - JUL 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ambrata schiuma non molta mediamente persistente sentori erbaceiterrosi maltati tostati floreali erbacei luppolo poco in bocca buon malto tostato leggero caramello una lieve nota dolce un luppolo presente ma non molto aromatico e marcato