seymour (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from 1pt .9oz brown bottle into a tall tulip glass. It poured a clear but dark reddish-brown color with lasting beige foam and lace. Beautiful appearance. Aromas of sweet malt, citrusy hops, caramelized brown sugar, very strong fruity ale yeast esters, chocolate. Great malt complexity, bittersweet hops balance, flavors of raisins, wild cherries, black plums. Likely a long-boil, definitely tastes of kettle caramelization. Drier and less bready than I expected, tart almost to the point of sour, hint of lacto acid, well-rounded mouthfeel nonetheless with strong carbonation to splash it all around, persistent fruity aftertaste. Well-crafted, no flaws, a near-perfect "Big Brown Ale." Exactly my kind of beer.
TheKernOwl (22) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
• Smells like a smoked beer served a packet with prawn cocktail crisps. Slight banana esters?
• Loads of chocolate malt / cocoa coming through; out-Porters many a Porter. To be fair, it is very dark brown/ruby for an ale. Put me in mind of the Porterhouse beers; this is also high register stuff, but with a bit more bass.
• Ends with a slight wheatgrass kink, then bit more coffee and a nice bit of wheat to finesse the end into gentle creaminess.
• Really enjoyable, but only just about retaining the house style amongst all the lovely darker-than-ale notes.
VamboladeTolly (776) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Aroma is sweetish, caramel, raisin, plums, slight brown sugar. Taste is sweetish ,slight toffee, raisin, slight coffee, slight roast, slight bitterness. Medium body. Maybe to watery for me but actually good beer to drink more than one.
Marduk (4070) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Deep mahogany color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Metallic, caramel, sweet, dry hops in aroma. Dry grassy hops, caramel, sugars, roasted barley, very mild smoked raisiny notes in taste. Metallic spicy hops in aftertaste. Fckin this beer is served too cold. Medium body. Tingly hops. Nice.
suurjuust (1881) - ESTONIA - JUL 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear ruby brown beer, medium tan head. Nose is malt and caramel, raisins. Flavor is sweet and sugary, coffee hints, finishes with slightly grassy-herbal hops and metallic hints, some more coffee. Sugary, yet finishes herbally bitter. Weird.
overtheline (90) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark copper with nice off white head. Aroma is subtle but has chocolate and some dark fruit notes, slightly nutty. Taste is roasted malts, bitter caramel and some more nutty notes. Finish is quality, some surprising almost citrus bitterness and a long, warm boozy tail. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, full mouthfeel. Pleasantly, surprisingly good beer.
elbernays (916) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at bjcp course. Pours chestnut brown. Reddish hues. Grass, nut, earth, caramel nose. Caramel, nuts, biscuit, roast malt. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Plenty of flavour. Some sherbert dark fruit aftertaste. Toast light bitterness. Good.
simongladding (10) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hints of coffee aromoa,dark brown in glass. Interesting & enjoyable beer, not that familiar with the style.
blackradioboy (113) - SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Asda. What a strange beer. Smooth-ish mouthfeel. But...almost no flavour at all. 5.7%? Your joking! This is water being sold as beer.
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weark (446) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille - De couleur brun rubis avec une belle mousse beige qui tient longtemps et laisse une jolie dentelle sur le verre - Au nez des arômes de malt, de caramel, de biscuit, une pointe de fruits rouge, des houblons floraux typique de ces bières anglaise - En bouche des houblons floraux et terreux, toujours beaucoup de malt, caramel et biscuits - corp léger, forte amertume, carbonation légère, sèche, final sèche et amère avec une pointe de caramel - très bonne bière facile a boire et rafraîchissante, sans défaut
Towey1989 (723) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma is quite sweet of dark fruits, chocolate, slight liquorice, some marzipan and bread. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, some resin and spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and an oily texture. A bittersweet, spicy hop finish but slightly metallic. This is quite decent, complex and very drinkable. Although I’ve had better of this style.