FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle (the 200e of overpriced shit session)
Sticky stodgy malty aroma. Dark, tan head. Dirty palate. Some marker pen esters, gonna get high. Odd citrussy twist in the retronasals. Pretty rough malty body stodgy. wet rye bread. Finish is just the fading of the taste, nothing new. Do like the malts. This wanted to be AleSmith Wee Heavy. This failed so badly.
Benzai (10538) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Thompson. Nice red color, average to medium sized off-white head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is sweetish malts, sweetness, some oak and whisky influences in the aroma. Somehow I don’t really like it. Taste malts, oak, lightly alcoholic, sweetish, sweetish alcohol, bitter.
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, bread, alcohol, dried fruits, oak and hint of citrus. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium biter with a long warm, caramel, dried fruity, bready, oak and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Scopey (9372) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BD Shoreditch. It pours deep reddish-amber with a medium beige head. The nose is candy, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, vanilla, sweet whisky, wood and plenty of fruit cake. The taste is sweet bubblegum, brown sugar, raisin, plum, prune, golden syrup, smoke, wood, toast, light bitterness, varnish, spice, mild astringency and medicinal notes with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour, but it is ultimately rather sweet and sticky. OK for a small pour, but I couldn’t through much of this...
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jercraigs and Mabel for this one. Amber-brown pour. The nose is lovely. Pine and a bit of sweet brown sugar along with a touch of fruit. Rich and hoppy with a nice softly resiny character. Date and plum along with the hoppiness. Pretty lovely brew really. It’s got a nice bit of malt character.
gnoff (8793) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Cat (non-ratebeer), sampled on September 20, 2014.
Clear brown color, small teal head. Malty, sweet, alcohol, raisin scent. Sweet, alcohol, raisin taste. Warming alcohol. Perfume aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
jercraigs (8665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-23. Crisp dark amber body with a small frothy beige head. 3+ Aroma is sweet, light tea like accents, muted fruit notes. Flavour is quite sweet, sugary and sort of fruity throughout, lightly bitter and alcoholic in the finish, lingering sweet sugary malt in the aftertaste. Pleasant, the alcohol is surprisingly restrained considering. Dangerously drinkable. Smooth average plus bodied palate, low to no carbonation. 3+ Pretty nice but I don’t love it. Bottle from either BrewDog or Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow. I forget which.
DSG (8575) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Vova’s place. Thanks Vova. Clear amber-chestnut color. Nice aroma of lots of whiskey, vanilla, wood, malt, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Very sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with lots of whiskey, vanilla, a bit of nuts, a bit of stale hops, alcohol and a slightly bitterish finish. Medium to full-bodied, quite alcoholic, a bit syrupy.
Borup (8222) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, alcohol, oak and spice.
olio (7876) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a small head. Aroma has lots of sweet ripe fruits and caramel, some malts, toffee and sugary notes also, alcohol comes through as well. Flavor is also extremely sweet with caramel and ripe fruits, some sugar, malts, nutty notes and faint wood. Sticky sweet palate, lingering caramel finish. Way too sweet, but manages to keep the alcohol at bay on some level.