GoufCustom (963) - HONG KONG - MAR 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle as “Mark & Spencer Organic Scottish Beer with Heather Honey” bought at Mark & Spencer in 1Square, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Clear, golden honey colour; Half finger head with white foam which lasts for 1 minute; Very good sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong honey, plums, floral nectar, sugar, light wet cardboard, very light lemon and light grass; Close to medium sweet taste of full malt, with strong molasses, light honey, light floral, strong bread, light yeast, lemon, pretty strong bitter hops and strong sharp herbal grass; Close to light body. Thin but fairly slick palate; Mouth feel is very malty and bready in a rather thin body. Honey taste is much lighter than the intense aroma. Sweet molasses and light floral dominates, mouthful of white bread and herbal grass. Really feels like a well-made but somewhat muted Helles. Good!... Hoppiness is sweet floral, light lemon and light grass in nose. Lemon and strong herbal grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong and sharp, balanced well with sweetness for a lasting strong sweet-bitter finish; Dry after taste. Floral and bitter sweet to mouth.
Comments: The honey influence is pretty much focused onto the aroma, which is neat already. Yet the taste is somewhat divisive – sweet bready Helles on one head and muted, no-so-uplifting undertone on the other. Taste solid, but not an eye opener. Drinkable still.
tinylightsrecs (299) - - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Team Valley. Pours light orange, nice honey touch - light and easy to drink
Stuu666 (5538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours golden yellow, nose is floral, sweet, light fruity taste.
wheresthepath (1704) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from M&S Reading. Deep gold with a small white head that rapidly disappears. Too fizzy for my liking. The honey is obvious throughout, and it’s nice honey too- not too sweet. There’s a little grapefruit up front, which rather clashes with the honey. Marmalade develops (and works better than the grapefruit), but then there’s some lager-like grassy hoppiness that really doesn’t go. Overall then, the honey was lovely, but was let down rather by a poor base beer that didn’t suit it. Nevertheless, I’ve had far worse honey beers than this.
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
White thin weak head. Bright golden colour. Aroma is malty, grainy with light floral and honey notes. Flavor is malty too with herbal and light grainy tones, ending in a moderately bitter finish. Light bodied.
floydian1 (1110) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle from M&S. Clear bright yellow appearance with a thin but stable white head that laces decently. Aroma is mainly honey with sweet pale malts and a light citrus notes. Flavour is honey sweet with a very mild citrus hop bitterness. Palate is lightish with a soft carbonation. Quaffable but a little too sweet for me.
GuideDogSaint (670) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Epsom M & S at home 25 August 2014. Pours light golden with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and honey. Sweet finish. Quite nice.
uckelman (347) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear pale yellow. Small lacy white head. Hardly any aroma. Lively, hints of grapefruit. Honey comes through on the finish.
sarauckelman (235) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale golden color, no head. Not much aroma. Watery palate, a bit sticky on the end. You can definitely taste the honey; it doens’t taste sweet like normal honey, but there’s a flavor in there that couldn’t be anything else. Not bad.
spacecube (1155) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, pours light golden brown with a white lasting head and carbonation, aroma is sweet malt, honey, citrus notes and cardboard. Finish is sweet and malty. OK, but not my thing.