HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 500ml from Morrisons in Barry. Amber pour with no head. Aroma of stewed vine fruits. Unsurprisingly, vine fruits come through in the flavour. As Fin points out, there is an artificial sweetness to it. The aftertaste is just like that of a 1970s 1 cal drink. Nothing particularly warms me towards this one
Gethinbeer (2274) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight skunky aroma, this soon fades and you get fruits coming through and yes, some raisin. Thin white head, copper in colour. Fruity flavour, raisin and grapes. Maybe a bit thin, no punch, but still a fine ale to enjoy. Little soapy in the finish.
thebeertourist (5073) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear copper with a small head. Nutty and raisiny aroma, like a good bock. Even hints of cellar. Remarkably dry despite the presence of raisins. Body could have been fuller. Quite accomplished for a fruit beer.
scotty (1080) - SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2008
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Morrisons. Slightly hazy head white and fading fast. Nose fruity and spicy, palate is smooth and overwhelmingly bland, only flavour is a hint of bitter fruit on the finish. A poor Cains brew, nice idea but needs some work methinks.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle at Dispensary pub, Liverpool. Amber color, big fuzzy head. Aroma is dark fruit and hops. Flavor is fruity, most of all raisin, nice sweetness and hops, but a bit watery. Very drinkable.
DruncanVeasey (7439) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bronze with white halo. Needs some agitation to be roused into any kind of head, and it dies fairly instantly. Smells promising (once it’s de-chilled), with brazen caramel, vanilla pod, creaky tun, chewy raisin, very subtle Goldings-like mustiness creeping up in the background. Flavours of rum-sodden barrel, gnawed pencil, candle wax, caramel, walnut, stale paperiness, butter cookie. What happened to the raisins?
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nelson Wines. Lively, clear amber with a line of head. The aroma and flavour are a mix of toffee, burnt sugar, malt and raisin, but the raisin is thankfully not over strong. Quite honeyed too. Smooth palate. Nice stuff.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark caramel colour with a nice white head. Fruity smell with a hint of plum. Smooth. tasted like plum wine.
bhensonb (12149) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Market Porter, London. Amber color with a good white head. Raisin aroma - light one though. Flavor is mild raisin/dark fruit, a little bitter to go with a little caramel. Seems well balanced. A wheat aspect comes and goes. Weird, but pleasurable. Amazing, considering. My wife spontaneously said it’s the best she’s ever had. Doesn’t finish very bitter at all. Recalls just a thought of the grape sodas of my childhood. The flavor, that is. This is not all that sweet (or dry).
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Brewey tap, Cains Brewery. I can understand why this may not be to everyones taste, but I found this to be a great beer. Pours darkish ruddy amber. Raisins clearly evident in the aroma. Taste is full bodied, sweet for sure but not overpoweringly so. There is a really refreshing tang about this which gives way to a crisp lingering dry finish. Recommended la.