scotty (1014) - - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper in colour with a tight, long lasting white head. Malt and spice on the nose, quite pleasant, medium bodied, nice spicy notes with generous citrus fruit combining with the rich malt, a fairly complex mouthful. The finish is ok, lingers awhile! Cask, ’Spoons, Hawick!
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in February 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark copper in colour with a thin creamy white head which quickly fades. Very little in the way of aroma but metallic hop tang maybe in there - just. Very poor lacing and thin watery mouthfeel. Fiery pale malt gives a maltloaf base with a hint of tart redcurrant fruit but little else. Metallic tang of hop resins present in the brief aftertaste. Finish is malty but unremarkable overall considering the 4.7 ABV. Lacking in depth and complexity. Tthey should take a look at Orkney Dark Island to see the basics of how to put a winter warmer together. Not impressed with this ESB.
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - FEB 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured at the cawdor tavern, nairnshire
Light caramel, spicy, Fruity aroma,
Clear, dark malty colour, with a thin white head,
refreshing taste, cloves, general xmas flavours almost a spearmint flavour on the finish.
stravale (1678) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Muckle Cross Elgin
Dark amber..clear..thick dense white head.....good lacing
Aroma of christmas spices..rich caramel malts...some dough
Taste of christmas spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, no cloves, just right, good flavour and not overpowering), rich dark caramel malts..dark honey....bit of toffee...bit doughy...tastes better than Clootie Dumpling.
Palate...soft carb..medium body...sweet malts. Finish - malty...rich....christmas spices
Overall - seems like the same year’s spices as in Clootie but this is better. A really nice winter beer.
thepegjett (1261) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - cinnamon and cloves
A - dark orange with thin head
T - sour with spice bitter
P - mid to full and dry
O - alright
downender (5586) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On gravity at Tewkesbury beer festival, 4/2/2011. Put here with the other 2011 raitngs, although I guess it night be time to set up anew berr up against Orkney brewery. Medium brown in colour with a slight, off-white head. Aromas of marmalade, root ginger and cinnamon with some citrus hops. Flavour was sweetish, with earthy malts and warming spice used sparingly. Finish was dryish. An enjoyable winter beer.
JohnRMurdoch (2684) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is not retired. Cask @ The State Bar. Mild hop & malt aroma. Medium brown colour. Toffee apple flavour. Quite smooth but a bit bland.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Standing order, edinburgh. Lovely deep amber color let down by a thin head. Not much aroma either. Great taste of malty hops, cinnamon, nutmeg and tasty spicyness. Overall a lovely ale let down by appearance and aroma but I might put that down to the taps going on my previous expense experiences of Atlases ales.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A cask of this came on while I was about to leave Kay’s Bar, so I had to stay for another half pint. Dark amber body. Fair amount of lacing-head. Smell of dark fruits and mid-sweet malts. Dried hops to the flavour resting on a malty backbone. Good bitter ending. Well balanced. Has obvious returned from retirement (Edinburgh, 28.11.2010).
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
<i>Cask Conditioned at The Castle, Furnival St., London</i>
Dark amber color; thin frothy head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, old meat. Caramel flavor, light residual sweetness, but the buttery touch tastes like old meat. Correct bitterness. Weird, not good.