thmsboyd (191) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle BBE: Aug 2016. Cellar temp. Pours a still, crystal clear, pinkish amber body with negligible head. Bursting with high intensity banana (not overly ripe) and grass notes when poured, but quickly dulls down with a metallic smell prevailing. A wheaty lemon/coriander aroma comes through along with a dry, cereal quality. A medium caramel sweetness lasts on the tongue with only a light bitterness to counterbalance. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily texture, carbonation is low and the finish a little syrupy. Nice new branding, a better size of bottle, and a drinkability that belies its strength. However, this lacks head, carbonation, complexity and balance.
jamestulloch (3034) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Clear golden/amber body with a thin white head. Low carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of honey, dried fruit and barley sugar. Flavour of sweet malts, stewed pear and caramel. Thin to medium body with a light, oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Sweet and well balanced.
allmyvinyl (8721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle in the pre-RB days from Appellation Wines. Pours clear gold, thin white head. Aromas of malt, caramel, light fruit, light orange. Taste has more caramel, orange. Creamy texture, smooth, slightly sweet finish.
Stuu666 (9298) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at SRAF. Pours golden amber, nose and taste are sweet caramel, rich fruits, quite nice.
tombyars (1556) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in September 2013. Cask, Gravity dispense. Clear gold in colour with a thin white head. Malt notes in the short aroma with hints of sweet golden syrup. Thin almost resiny mouthfeel. Poor dispersed lacing. Pale malt base gives a juicy wine gum fruit flavour, full in the cheeks with notes of pineapple, satsuma and barley sugar. Dusty and floral taste to the hop resins give a spicy herbal note in the short aftertaste. Sweet malt comes back with warming golden syrup notes to the malty finish. A Strong Pale Ale in true Scottish tradition with sweet pale malt to the fore, reminded me slightly of the old Lorimar & Clark Strong Ale for those who can remember blasts from the past!
omhper (22635) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Almost clear golden with rich coarse head. Citric orangey nose. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity with notes of butter, dough, yeast and tangerine. Salty bitter finish.
jackl (6691) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Gold with a small head. The nose is toasted grain, some brown bread. Trail mix. Dark fruits and honey. The taste is honeyed red apple skin. Chewy malts. Apple pie filling. A bit of cinnamon and general spice. Slightly hot finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, OK.
Scopey (11397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared at Bruce’s. It pours golden with a small white head. The nose is herbal, light spice, earth, wheat, honey, toast and light dough. The taste is caramel, honey, earth, caramel, light alcohol, icing sugar, toast, hay, faint pithy citrus and herbal notes with a sweetish finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Hides abv pretty well. Smooth, well rounded. Not bad.
madmitch76 (20830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21st May 2013
’Paul takes a brown shower’ tasting at Bruce’s pad. And thanks to Paul for this one. Light haze on this gold beer, tiny white head. Has the nose of a Belgian golden. Smooth palate, dry with fine carbonation. The Belgian Gold feel carries on with some spice in the strong pale malt. Trace of citrus. Semi dry finish with a trace of citrus.
Leighton (17258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - big thanks to Paul for this exceptional beer. Pours clear, bright gold with a fine, creamy head. Nose has some bread, dough, hints of wheat, coriander. Medium sweet flavor, lots of white bread, some citrus rind, hay. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, mild dry white bread, hay, some orange and lemon. Very tasty. Drinks well for the ABV. I like it.