AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle - pours hazy crimson/copper/yellow with small, lasting white head. Big nose, with lots going on. Hibiscus, potpourri, dried leaves, fragrant berries, pepper, incense, and other flavors. All spice. Little fruit. Taste is fragrant as well, if rather non-descript. Finishes with a touch of flat notes and cool banana. Oily. Not that great, though much better than local boys’ entry sad to say. Not a seeker or a keeper, but would do in a mighty pinch.
dexcansino (570) - Andalucía, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2012
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cerveza rojiza de espuma débil y cremosa. Huele a hierbas, tipo romero o menta. El sabor es de lo más extraño: ácido, amargo, seco, afrutado, ¿mentolado?... algún matiz me recuerda a la tónica o a algún licor de hierbas. Bastante ligera. Es una cerveza que me ha dejado desconcertado, una rareza.
Cunningham (6557) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber golden colour with a big bubbly tan head. Nice light fruity spicy aroma. Juniper are the most dominating spice in the nose. Medium body. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Juinper are also the most dominant flavour in this one. Also some other herbs and light fruity. Smooth carbonation. I must admit that The Flying Dog version was the better one (by far)! But this spicy ale was also nice.
[Bottle from a trade with rlgk]
Turboninja (434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2012
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Just too special to be anything good, looks that the lack of hops is not an option for me, even carbonation is poor.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 1)Keg, BrewDog Brum. Cherry red levelled with cream. Vegetal, dull, red-sugared, tinned maizy belgian flavour. Didn’t pick up on any weirdness. So boring.
2) Bottle. Copper amber, plump cream head. Appealing evergreen and menthol aspects to the nose. Somewhat bilious, tongue-numbing, (Belgian) park bench-friendly flavour pretty much as previously described, albeit with lurking herbal and menthol notes beneath the booze. On balance, not balanced- the alcohol dominates where hops should. 635311.
AlchemikalGab (48) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - DEC 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On pump @ Bere Buona Birra, Milan. Clear deep orange colour, with a fluffy off-white head, medium thickness. Nose is very sweet and aromatic, I can’t describe it properly, since it’s quite different from any spiced beer I’ve had, there’s honey, ginger, horseradish, anise, a little pine (but not the piney-hoppy character given by some american hops), a little cloying after a while. Tastes terrible in the mouth, too sweet with no bitterness to counter balance, soft carbonation, it was quite hard to finish. My mouth wasn’t really sticky afer drinking, but anyhow not a nice experience.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Voldby, DK.
Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with sone caramel, fruit and spices.
omhper (22731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Clear amber, small head. Huge spicy aroma. Sweetish with rounded mouthfeel. Weird candyish flavour with menthe and lemon. Sterile mouthfeel, no bitterness. Low drinkability, no enjoyment.
Christian (12553) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Christian Firtan. Golden with a small white head. Heavily perfumed herbal and floral aroma. Sweet and cloying herbal/floral/spicy flavour
Cuso (7275) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from brewdog.com. Hazy orange amber color with medium white head. Aroma of sweet oranges, caramel, tangerine peel, citrus hops. Taste, tangerines, sweet malt, citrus hops, herbs, resiny bitterness. Citrus zest bitter finish. I haven’t tasted Flying Dog International Arms Race, but this is easy drinkable and tasty.