hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber with a small white head. Rich buttery aroma. Taste is gentle, sweet caramel malt, pleasantly balanced with the mid bitter finish.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 23, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask, Aikmans Cellar Bar, St Andrews. Clear golden, thin off-white head. Nose is spicy and earthy with some clear roasted maltiness. Mouth is bitter hops with some more spicy tones, but finishes clearly bitter with a malty balance.
pivnizub (9528) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (Fort William): Clear, amber coloured, off-white, lacing foam; distinctive fruity (raspberries and cinnamon) and toasted-malty nose; bitter flavour with a light acidity, light bodied; cinnamon again detctable in the bitter-fruity finish. Spicy, but a bit demanding...........
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Derby BF. An amber coloured beer with a ruby hue. The aroma is slightly sweet and nutty with caramel and fruit. The taste is sweet, malty and has caramel. An Ok beer. (6,3,6,3,13(3.1))
Tried again at JDW Rugby Handpumped.Really nice this time. Malty and fruity with woody notes and brambles. Some toffee in the nose Very decent and drinkable. (7,4,8,3,15(3.7)
Score is an average of the two.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint pulled at The Market Porter at London Bridge (London), a clear brown with a bubbly off-white head. A good flowery malt aroma with just a touch of spice. A smooth palate, sweetish at first, but then more biscuity malt flavours come through with a drying finish.
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
August 11. 2005 in Tail Race Inn in Kinlochleven, Scotland, draught. It’s a very dark brown beer with a nice and lasting head. The aroma is malty with hints of fruit. The flavour isn’t as malty or sweet as I had expected, but it does have light sweetness and clear notes of roasted malt, caramel, fruit, berries and licorice and a nice bitter finish.
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 dark brown/red, strong roasted malt aroma, full bodied fruity malt let dwon for me by too strong a bitter linger
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A thick head of foam stands atop the fiery clear brown russet.
-Attractive caramel maltiness grabs on to the nostrils, expanding into fruity components, diversified by earthy hoppiness.
-Dry cereal toastiness renders complexity the caramel maltiness, and remains balanced because of the hoppy finish.
-Well-malted, and never flaccid even though carbonation is tranquil, its mouthfeel is drinkable and nearly velvety.
What if you dig deeper?
-The malt’s underlying fruitiness is somewhat baccate and produces licorice once linked to the caramel.
-The recurring wet earthiness pleases the supporting leafy hops.
-The introductory malt sweetness is aptly dried up to invite a quicker following sip.
-This is a comforting scottish ale (or a sweet bitter, if you do not believe in the existence of scottish ale), not too complex, but entirely satisfying for the malt head.
On cask at the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh.
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint on gravity. Mahogany body with a low layer present. Strong malty aroma, almost peaty to the nose. Earthy and roasted malty flavour with some bitter sweetness (St Albans Beer Festival 27.09.2006).
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask/gravity at The St Albans Beer Festival 27 Sep 06. Brown coloured with a small creamy head. Rich fruity flavour with a faint bitter aftertaste.