AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours amber with gentle bubbles and a slim head. The nose has honey, green dry herbs, maybe mint or rosemary and spice, perhaps woodspice such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The taste has more of the honey and woodspices coming through rather than the herbs. The palate is medium bodied with a light to medium texture and a clean finish despite the sweetness. Overall, some of the notes reminded me of a beer I had that had spruce in it -
altonbrownd (5450) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Beer Temple. Amber body with big head. Nose herbal, medicinal, grassy. Taste floral with caramel, malts, toasty. Bitter in there. Smooth finish.
Travlr (21167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium tan head. Fruity aroma. Taste is very sweet dark fruit. OK.
ClarkVV (5679) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before 5/23/15, drunk 5/30/15
One year past the best before, but spices donít really fade and itís a 7.5% beer so Iím assuming this is just a token.
Beer is in fine shape with a caramel-amber colored body, bright and with a small eggshell head that slowly recedes to a ring.
Mint, spearmint, creme de menthe, rosemary, thyme and finally some light caramel in the nose. Awesome! Are people rating this as something other than a gruit??? Or did the year past Best Before date just let the spices mellow out a bit? Probably that. Anyways, I was bracing myself for the flavor and was very pleasantly surprised. Rosemary, thyme and light mint, with a soft, supple body bolstered by moderately sweet malt. Sweetens some with warming, but the spices help keep it in check. Not horribly complex but I love herbs, and this isnít overdone at this point. Maybe they should have suggested holding on to it for a few years before drinking. Alcohol very well-concealed. Right up there with some of the better gruits and really the only thing I donít like is the unnecessary 7.5% abv. If this were about 5% and a little less spiced, it would be phenomenal.
Sigmund (6637) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. BB date 23.05.2013. ABV is 7.5%. Amber colour, huge white head. Strong aroma of wild berries and herbs, hints of spices. Fresh and fruity flavour, again notes of wild berries and herbs, including bog myrtle / sweet gale. Unusual, but interesting.
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A hazy orange beer with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and malty, with ginger notes. Taste is caramel malt and spicy, ginger, pepper. Dry and spicy finish. A weird beer
TEJA (2367) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2015
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Short beige head over a clear amber color beer. Resin aroma from woody spices like false rosmary and wormroth. A bit caramell and spicy taste and low sweetness. A new and interesting spice beer.
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at BrewDog Camden on 13 Oct 2012. Poured a clear, bright amber, with a dense off white head. Aroma was big herbs, slight medicine and iodine, with floral notes and caramel. Bitter flavour, some almond, resin, spice, coriander and marmalade. Finish was fairly light; mineral, toffee, violets and chalk. Different.
Maxbier (881) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with thin off white head. Malty herbal aroma (mint basil I think). Taste is boozy malt, low carbonation and herbs. I drank this one 5 months after it's best but date, which may have improved the flavor ofer what others have indicated. Spicy, peppery finish.
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Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy amber color with chunks of yeast settlingout and a thin off white ring for a head. The nose is minty and herbal with a little chocolate, wood, and something I canít quite place. Based on the mouthfeel I wouldnít guess the ABV is that high. A little limp on the tongue thanks to virtually no carbonation. Nice bit of mint, wood, ginger, something floral, and a little of that almost chocolate note. Not one I would like a ton of, but interesting. Glad I tried it.
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours copper, sweet ginger, light fruity, bit sweet and cloying, herbal.