davidm (1919) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Open Baladin Rome. Exceptional. Aromas of caramel and biscuit, with hints of bread. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
Scopey (5295) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Craft Beer Co tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours clear amber, with a thin beige head. The nose is dough, sugary sweetness, chewy caramel, spice and sour malt. The taste is spice, brown bread, sweet dough, icing sugar, alcohol warmth, sherbet and candied peel. Medium body, spritzy carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Ok, but not really my sort of thing at all.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co., London - your welcome, fellas. A bit of a gusher, this one. Pours clear, bright gold with a small, white cream head. Rich and malty nose, light toast, yeast, caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor, fruity toffee, cherries, dates, some lightly toasted dough. Medium bodied with high, massaging carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish with light yeast, toasty bread, toffee, fruits, golden raisins. Nice enough.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Landmark 1800. Clear ruby copper with next to no head. Aroma of bready malt, fruit and alcohol. Taste is fruity with mildly burnt pale malt, yeast, dark candi sugar and some noble hops.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Panama City Beach Fl - Chanís Wine World (brought back by my wife) - 750 ml capped bottle - labeled as íal-iksirí. Dark copper pour, slight murkiness to it - thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet an syrupy with some molasses notes, some raisins and some maple syrup. Flavor is somewhat akin to the aroma with some fruity accents reminiscent of apricots, soem candi sugar notes, a hint of bubble gum, and a bit of mead-like honey notes. Mouthfeel is warm and silky. Solid.
Dragonfly1 (454) - Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chef Pauls- 5 oz sampler. Copper red, no head. Aroma is tart cherry. Very "warm" mouthfeel- smooth and sugary. Brown sugar and apricot, hot booze. Body flattens out quickly, also turns slightly metallic in the finish. Too sweet.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Bavarian Lodge. Beer is listed as Baladin Al-Iksir on the menu. Dark golden pour. Head fades to nothing after several minutes. Aroma of white grape juice and herbal tea. Yeasty, spicy goodness in the glass. Iím thinking Sahti as I write this. Itís sweet and spicy like a sugared spice drop candy. There a flavors of bubblegum and find clove. The 10% ABV IS well hidden. There is no indication that this beer will be so flavorful. Itís delicious. Mid palate is weak but itís an overall winner.
rederic (2854) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, slight cloudy dark amber hue, with an off-white-beige head, big gushing at the opening, mild yeasty, fruity of sweet candied apricots and orange peels, with some spicy, honey coated apple, candi sugar accents, with a faint vanilla, honeyed pale, toasted, munich malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sweet honeyed, candied apricot, orange peel, marmalade, cadi sugar sweetness character, with some spicy herbal, toasted, pale, munich maltiness flavors, leading towards a warming, candied apricot, orange, tangerine peel fruitiness, honeyish pale malty, candi sugar sweet finish.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark honey with thin white head- looks lit from within.Smells fresh with a tart hint like cider plus cotton candy note. Hint of sweetness in the flavor quickly going dry. Crisp with a good bit of carbonation. Refreshing.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Birch, as "Al Iskir" ... Red more than golden, with a nice sudsy, pillowy head. The aroma is reminiscent of cream. This drinks with a nice little alcohol burn, but not too much. Caramel, sugar, and maybe a little bit of raisin here, too? Delish. (#4462, 2/4/2012)