Mortlach (1966) - Rome, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle shared @Bir&Fud Bottega. Honey amber color with a light off-white foam. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, nuts, dried fruits. Flavour is medium sweet with a light bitter finish, some astrincency in the end. Medium body, low carbonation. Not my cup of tea.
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
At cellar temperature and into a snifter it goes. Vibrant, ruby red body with minute particles caught in suspension. Head is a mere wafer, off-white and lasting. Nose has hints of stewed plums, cherries, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, wood, but it is the fruit that shines. A complete 360° shift on the palate. Quite weedy and bitter. Light bodied with a boozy warmth in the finish. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with bitter, burnt fruit like raisins coming through. There is something chemical in the aftertaste too, that’s a little unsettling. I think I’ll hold on to a bottle for a few years to compare. Aromatic but a little rough on the palate. (50cL, BB 30/10/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
nihtila (2977) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to AshtonMcCobb. Pours cloudy brown. Nose is sweet marmalade, oak, berries. Taste is nuts, wooden notes, malts, something slightly sweet, some orange. Slightly light.
AshtonMcCobb (5392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Saucy Pears.
Appearance - murky orange brown. Thin head.
Nose - wholemeal toast with marmalade.
Taste - orangey, nutty and biscuity. Light caramel background. Light booze.
Palate - medium bodied with a tangy yet somehow drying texture and a long dry yet somehow a little sweet finish.
Overall - I think this fits better into the ESB style.
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the School’s Out Tasting. Pours murky brown with a thin white head. Aromas of bran, sweet booze note. Taste is almond, marzipan, more booze notes. Grassy bitterness, some orange coming through. Makes quite a good ESB.
kermis (11258) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of fruity hops, floral notes, malt, light caramel and light wood. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet berries and light malt. Light to medium body,flavour is medium sweet berries, slightly hoppy and wooden astringency.
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from ABCBeers shared.
Thin creamy white head. Very hazy amber pour. Herbal aftertaste
gunnfryd (14188) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
KRS 111014. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, berries. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, berries, caramel, dried fruits, chocolate , alcohol. Full body. Ordinary beer.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2013) at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear amber - white head. Toasted, knækbrød, fruity, berries, dryness, tart, oakey, sweet malty.