Desverger (1713) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(cask@Rake Bar’s Bristol Beer Festival) Amber with a beige head with medium lacing. Malt and caramel with a medium/light body. Ok to Average.
BlackHaddock (3500) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: best before 14 May 2013, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 12 Aug 2012.
Chestnut brown and clear body: on top a huge foaming crown of off-white bubbles.
Solid hop nose with mild malt undertones: an understated aroma, but got stronger as the beer warmed (I’d cooled it in the fridge).
The taste was interesting: hop bitterness countered by some malty sweetness (caramel and toffee notes): The body was well balanced and the 5% ABV suited the brew nicely.
I’ll certainly have this again if I see it.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours rusty to amber with a decent head, lots of carbo, maltish aroma with some biscuits and floral tones, flavor of malt, herby to floral hops, low sweetness, citrus skin, medium bodied
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. VEry clear copper with a thin white film. Sweet, malty, a little honey aroma. Rich, delicate bitter taste, malty and round. Smooth, light body, a little sweet finish. OK.
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Tomer G. Clear deep golden-copper. Aroma of earthy hops, a bit of minerals and malt. Sweetish flavor with malt, a tiny bit of caramel and some earthy hops bitterness. Medium-bodied.
Swaroga (1269) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle. Clear brown, filtered with small to medium white head. Nose : caramel, grains, some nuts. Fruity banana , orange and peach. Watermelon. Sip : low density , oily texture with tingling carbonation. Little sweet cake, with interesting bitter taste. The bitterness is a good balance between delicate coffee and dominating grapefruit. And I must confirm it’s easy to drink. Great blend. It’s a big shame it’s just so little alcohol in it.
Jonb5 (343) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Half pint. Copper colour, very clear. One finger head which the beer retained well. Light corky soapy hoppy smell. Very bitter, light smoky fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfull. Overall ok but not world class.
tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in March 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear red amber in colour with a thin creamy white head. Clear dusty hop in the short aroma. thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Digestive biscuit malt with citric fruit notes of lemon and orange peel. Dusty hops give a big presence in the resiny aftertaste. Finish is well robust with strong malty overtones. Excellent session ale.
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pleasant Premium Bitter on cask @ JDW Moon Under Water, Manchester. Met a guy called Kevin whose well knows all Spoons staff on first names in Manchester, he recommended this to me. Huge malty backbone to this, backed up by Goldings Hops. Dry, big body to it, fruit, caramel possibly in there. Lovely beer.
blankboy (5971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size frothy off-white head. Aroma is sweet and grainy along with caramel malt and not really much hops to speak of. Flavour of caramel malt, grain, very light hops and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not what I look for in an IPA but it’s reasonably well made.