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Ballards Thin Ice

Formerly brewed at Ballards
Style: English Strong Ale
Petersfield, England


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Cask; Special - released December 2007. Also bottle conditioned. Old Bounder series 2007/8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5553) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Deep super muddy brown coloured body with a rich amber and ruby tint and literally no head at all - no carbonation and no noise when the top was opened. Aroma of very nice rich raisins, figs, earth, prunes, alcohol, caramel, toffee, cherries and a hint of sour grapes noticeable - very complex smells. Full-bodied; Rich earthy and pit fruit flavours dominate the taste with a hint of alcohol and brandy noticeable, some lighter pear, apple and currant flavours also show through. Aftertaste is very mild with the earth and alcohol coming through, but with no carbonation at all, this is pretty underwhelming with the lightest hints of licorice and leather and very little else. Overall, an interesting beer and definitely not worth keeping it for so long, but it was my last beer to age from England until I purchased a new one - so this one had to be drunk. If you still have a bottle of this around, it’s best to crack it open now and get it over with - there isn’t much point in saving this when the space can be held by much better beers. Still - great to try and I remember picking this one up, now I remember drinking it. I sampled this 27,5 cL bottle purchased from the Utobeer Market Stall in Borough, London, England on 08-March-2008 for £5,50, sampled at home in Washington on the other side of the pond on 26-May-2014. Best By Date on Bottle (Bottle #4458?): 28 October 2009 // Purchased in London on 08 March 2008 // Sampled in the USA on 26 May 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
19th January 2012
Hazy amber beer, no real head. Smooth palate but zero carbonation. Sourish yeasty malt. Dried fruits. Marmite. Tastes like JW Lees on steroids! Finishes smooth. Takes some getting used to but drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
VertBaconStrips (2300) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
Great label! I’m going to drink this cool as well as mulled per the guy at the store who sold this to my buddy somewhere out of London.
Pours a hazy reddish brown, a decent amount of sediment, good spotty lacing. Drinking it at a cool temperature: Aroma: Gueuze, sour, tons of yeast, sour cherry, this is no barley wine... piney hops, licorice. Taste: More of the same, medicinal herbs, burnt sugar, phenols, rotting apricot.. this is barely beer. Mulled: Smells like hot, spoiled sweetened apple juice. Taste: Mulling this does not help it but it does dull the flavour. More malts and some caramel but still better cold by a long shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle (275ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a murky, oily looking, dark orange-brown with no head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, nuts, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavour follows the aroma but is a bit astringent and quite boozy. Full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel. Not bad, interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12619) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
Brown with no head. Dried fruit, toffee aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with dried fruit, toffee and chocolate notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2890) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 19, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Dark golden orange almost brown, no head. Aroma: Creamy, alcohol, malt, toffee, herbal and spices. Nice. Flavour: Brandy, wood, sticky mouthfeel, malt, apples, spice and nuttiness with a smooth finish. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle (275ml). Shared with blankboy and garthicus - bought at UtoBeer in Borough Market. Hazy brick-red, tiny frothy head. Slightly sour boozy aroma - nutty malt. Taste is alcohol strong, nutty, muddy maltiness - I like it, green fruit. Slick, still, boozy mouthfeel, acidic finish - like a Gales - I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (22493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle @ chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a slighlty hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma with some hints of licorice. Dry malty licorice and dark fruit flavor. Has a dry malty dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle 27,5 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Hazy orangey golden with a tiny, rough off-white head. Intense aroma of nuts, wood and old cheese. Quite full-bodied with absolutely no head, notes of nuts and tart fruit. Somewhat astringent finish. 190209

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with no head. The aroma is sweet mlaty with notes of alcohol and over ripe fruits. The flavor is dominated by over ripe fruits.

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