omhper (18367) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Clear ruby, small head. Evident spicy cardamom aroma. Sweet and medium bodied with rounded, blown up mouthfeel. The cardamom-like spicyness is strong, diluted by roast crystal malt. The bitterness is subtle. I’m not sure I like the spicyness in this one.
kmacphail (37) - Isle of Lewis, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour beer poured from the bottle with an off white head. Swet malts and toffee dominate the nose, with a slight hint of bitterness that I can’t distinguish. Tasted of malts immediately followed by a bitter burst of citrus fruit, very different, but very nice. A medium-heavy bodied ale that suits me down to the ground. A good alternative to the usual pint of heavy, I will certainly have it again.
downender (5662) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Deep copper colour with a big, foamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with plenty of earthy hops. Big malt and red fruit flavours, with some slightly astringent herbs, spices and a decent bitter finish. Very good.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from cgarvieuk, by way of Fin. Thanks for the bottle Craig! (And cheers for being courier Fin!) Sweet candy aroma, the cloth wrapping of an old cheese, nettle, very lively and noisy in an appealing way. Dark caramel and toast flavor, herbal bitterness. Light body, but the higher bottled carbonation level works really well here, and if feel really full of flavor. Old penny brown, lots of persistant beige head. I’m not sure where exactly the thistles contribute to this beer, but I rather like like. NIcest bottled bitter I’ve had in awhile.
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Low white but lasting fluffy head. Clear brown body. Honey aroma with spicy notes. Flavor with spicy notes leaving you with a dry mouthfeel. Moderately hopped. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.
thewolf (10553) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a deep clear brown with a small creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma is buttery, spicy and with a good dose of flowery hops. Very dry mouthfeel - lightly creamy. Flavour is very hoppy, flowery and dry with a slight dose of caramel at the back. Good bitterness.
pivnizub (8390) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear, amber coloured, mid-sized, slowly collapsing lacy head, zoasted-malty nose with discreet hints of Golding hops; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, smooth MF; distinctive peppery bitterness in the finish. Pleasant stuff........
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (thanks cgarvieuk). Rubyish orange colour, not much head. Aroma is sweetish flowery and grassy with a weird "stinging dryness" (from the thistle?). Quite sharp thing. Flavour is very much the same with a very big grassyness and some salty notes. Quite pleasant.
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (BB 01/2009)
Dark amber color, small creamy beige head, some lace. Caramel, menthol and herbs. Average nutty malty flavor, thistle is very evident here, similar to ginger! Interesting "Christmas" ale, good? One time is enough.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes. Amber gold with a cream head. Faint aroma, oddly sour. Herby dry grass taste with hints of lavender and elastoplast. Bitter finish. A good try but I just didn’t like the flavour. Bottle 6.10.08. On the other hand I really liked this bottled version. Amber. Sweet toffee aroma. Malty taste with an enjoyable and rather original herbiness. The label says this has ginger, which I don’t normally like, but it’s not noticeable, and clearly contributed to my enjoyment of the overall mixture. Rated: 6,4,6,4,13:3.3