zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Mortlach for this bottle. Just says "Buskers" and "Oak Aged" on the label. Pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of hops, chocolate, caramel, wood, brandy. Flavor of chocolate, hops, caramel, malt acidity, sticky, medium to full bodied
tomer (1877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks DSG and zvikar, big brown head, darkish brown colour with dark red hues, aroma of wood, vanila, chocolate cake, hint of dried apricot and maybe citrus, strong raisiny flavour, with some charred hints, smooth sweetness, strong sweet bitter chocolate aftertaste. Nice and quite interesting but not too exciting.
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Mortlach for this bottle. Just says "Buskers" and "Oak Aged" on the label. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, roastiness, some wood, vanilla, yeast and light hoppy hints. Sweetish flavor with some spiciness, dark fruits, malt, caramel, vanilla, a bit of chocolate notes, roastiness, a sourish hint and a drier finish, a bit bitter. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated.
Leighton (12635) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Theydon Bois Roma Pre-Nuptuals Tasting at Ma Che. Thanks for this rarity! Pours lightly cloudy brown with a creamy, off-white head. Nose of dried fruits, definitely some wood, mild tang, dark bread. Medium sweet flavor, a little dry, some leathery fruits, wet wood, berries, mellow tanginess. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with dry wood, more leathery fruits and wet wood, restrained earthy bitterness, grapes and berries. Great beer. Wonderfully nuanced.
Mortlach (1052) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22/06/2013 375ml bottle shared @ Ma che siete venuti a fà. Bruna, densa, impenetrabile, bellissima schiuma color beige molto abbondante e persistente. Aroma molto complesso, sentori di frutta rossa, liquirizia e spezie, legno, vaniglia. In bocca è ancora più complessa, ricorda molto la Sedicigradi ma si lascia bere decisamente meglio per via della gradazione alcolica inferiore. Sentori di frutta rossa, cacao, caramello, liquirizia, note di legno, astringenza, acidula nel finale. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione media. Eccellente!
Theydon_Bois (10587) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Theydon Bois Roma Pre-Nuptuals Tasting at Ma Che, 22/06/13. Big thanks to Luca for this one!
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized light tan head.
Nose is sour fruits, dates, figs, oaky tones, red wine notes, grapes, light booze.
Taste comprises rich fruit flavours, solid hit from the oak, dark fruits, sugars, toffee fudge, light spice, touch of booze but well in check.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, dry in the finish.
Great beer, one of the best on this visit to Roma, deep, rich, complex and the alcohol was very well integrated.
Not sure about the spice/herb/category - more a Belgian strong for me.