VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 0.33l at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Originally rated 04082012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, grain and malts.
wheresthepath (1568) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[330ml bottle from Utobeer, London] Pours orangey-amber with a moderate off-white head and middling carbonation. At first it’s too sweet; I’m not used to unhopped beers! But then herbal tomes begin to emerge - thyme, especially, and maybe some myrtle - followed by summer fruits (strawberries) and something deeper and darker, probably juniper. There’s some ginger too, and loads of other herbs and frutis swirling about on the tip of the tongue. At times there’s a touch of helth tonic about it, but then another different flavour pops out to surprise you. It’s incredibly complex - I felt that I could have done with more than 330ml to fully work it out. Well done Brewdog for making something so challenging and so interesting!
ShaneJ (540) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Deep copper, juniper berries, cinnamon, , lavender, pot pourri, taste is slightly sweet. Not great, but I think they just win the International Arms Race from Flying Dog.
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear copper, slightly luminous with a thin white head. Herbal aroma, like a damp poo-pourri left under the Christmas tree. Tastes almost medicinal - thyme, rose and some citrus. Soft and oily. Interesting - like something found in a Victorian curiosity shop.
bhensonb (11246) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Utobeer stall in Borough Market. Pours amber with a slight white head. Aroma is medicinal. Med body. Flavor is either wood twigs or medicinal or both. Not particularly pleasant.
jmgreenuk (4594) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark caramel colour with a bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is a little dry and malty. The flavour is plain, wih some resin and slightly medicinal. An interesting experiment that didn’t work. An IPA without hops is not an IPA. No real flavour, no body, not very exciting at all and hardly refreshing. Needs to be served cool to get anything from it.
WVBrU (61) - - APR 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours orange with a light head that completely disappears within a few minutes. Smells spicy and fruity. Very sweet and malty with almost no bitterness. Sticky texture with little carbonation.
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear orange/amber colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma is spicy like clove with fruits and some hop. The taste is sweet spicy, a little bitter. The aftertaste is sweet with spices.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2nd September 2012
Bright clear amber beer, little white head. Light palate, dry and a little crisp. Sweetish herbs, touch of mint. Floral notes, little lavender. Whisper of bubblegum ester. Grains of paradise. Dry finish. This is a Gruit surely! Quite a sweet one at that.
mrmarrow (13) - Toruń, POLAND - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting one. I think it could be pine, maybe some juniper berries? Quite flat, no foam (when it got a little warmer, it resembled congac).