DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester and hand pulled at the Criterion, Leicester - on the SAME night! Delicious rich hop. Some berry. Deep, crisp, perfect length and balance.
Marko (3766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Patrick’s Irish Pub, Ljubljana.
Poured a lovely red body, slightly tinged with amber. Off white thick head that went away slowly. Intense passionfruit-like and herbal sweet aroma, nice! Candyish dry taste, aroma hop, a bit herbal. Sweet and not really refreshing but definitely enjoyable.
after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy light tan head. Loose stringy lace. Sharp spicy hop nose, garlic, onions, almost like hot swimming pool toys. Maybe a bit phenolic? Something burning out of the yeast? Certainly a lot of hop oil and acid knocking around. Creamy medium body. Toast, caramel, swimming pool toys, and an ashy char on the mid-palate. Lots of garlic and onions. Hot, dry, peppery finish. Having a hard time making sense of this one. Usually I enjoy beers that deliberately throw different styles together, and this one seems like an amber/IPA/saison hybrid in some ways. But it’s hard to get around the garlic/onion thing with this one.
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Wow, when BrewDog doesn’t go overboard on cramming a bunch of alcohol in a beer, they can brew some nice drinking stuff. Best amber ale I can remember, with chewy hop flavors, very cohesive brew that is just a cut above the normal flagship amber of most breweries. Huge head, lots of nice lace.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bottle at Jack Browns in Va Pours amber with a bubbly tan head. It leaves a coat of lacing. A roasted note and citrusy taste underneath.
Hermod (2802) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Maltainen Riekko, Helsinki. Poured abmber color with a white head. Aroma is grapefruity, flowery hops. Flavor is fruity as well, very bitter. Finish is very perfumy and dry. Excellent beer.
Geiserich (3101) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 Bottle: Aroma is first very fruity, notes of sourly berries, red currants. Then very hoppy, herbs, citrus. Flavor is also very fruity, berries, some malt, well hopped (herbal). Medium bitter finish.
esox (969) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Intemsively grapefruity and lemony pale ale with light and dry body. Refreshing, bitter palate. Slick and hoppy palate.
zvikar (2747) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amazing orange to red with a decent beige head, aroma of pine needles, lemon grass and a touch of bread and butterscotch, balance of straw to bread maltiness and piney hops with a fairly lemon acidity and low sweetness, finishes with a long tea, tobacco and bitter-sour aftertaste, medium bodied, quaffable great beer.
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium caramel amber colour, bright cherry hop aroma. Thick with a bitter hit then a long dry building finish of clove and pepper with some citrus balancing it out.