mile (2475) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, caramel and toffee, faint roasted malt. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and toffee, faint roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, caramel, and some roasted malt. Caramel sweetish bitter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Deep amber coloured body, with a smooth, lacy white head, steadily fading. Vanilla and sweet malt aroma. Mature malt flavour with decent bitterness providing the required balance for the malts. Easy drinking.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, some carbonation when poured, a deep brown colour with a large fuffy beige head. Strong malty aroma with some hint of chocolate. Very rich on palate and caramal malt flavours. Agree with a lot of comments that it is too thin and has a little acidity. Still enkoyed the initial flavours, shame about the finish.
ALLOVATE (2228) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes are vague on this one. Tried it from the bottle and on cask at the same café in Inverness (rare, but a bonus!). Pours a sparkling, ruby chestnut with light carbonation and adorned by a thin white pad that held on tight. There is a little heather and kelp underlying its soft, woody malt and burnt toffee nose. It’s prickly in the mouth, possibly a bit too charged but this was all sorted out after a few quick swirls of the glass. A lingering puff of peat smoke joins some rough, woody and roasted malts on the palate. Sharp, raspy-bitter hops come in on the very brink of swallowing and it finishes off woody and dry. It’s a little all over the place but agreeable enough to quash the thirst. Not bad, but better from the cask. (50cL, 28/05/07, on the riverside, Inverness, Scotland)
Blairgus (2218) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5 May 2011, bottle. amber, clear w/ steady bubble and a foamy tan head. nose is a slightly yeasty, nutty malt. med body and slightly fizzy. Actually a decent amber ale. has a bit of a woody element that is a bit drying w/ some bitterness that doesn’t have any real hop flavour.
mr_h (2131) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle courtesy of JohnRMurdoch - clear amber brown, thin bubbly white head, weak malty aroma, fruity, nutty malt flavour, slight metallic taste, bitter finish
visionthing (2104) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from Meny Grønland. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Malty aroma with some toasty notes, dried fruits, caramel and hints of hops. Medium sweet and malty with a mild bitterness in the finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Quite ok.
culchiem (2054) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear Amber with a medium head. Aroma is a fruity malt, towards wine. Dry malty flavour with some fruity and light hop. Finish is dry sweet
Metalchopz (2025) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brought back for me by a friend (who lived a while in Scotland) and rated May 2009. Pours a clean orange-brown colour with a foamy beige head that is short lived. Lacing is pretty good and big bubbles are stuck all around the glass. The nose is on the malty side, with some light roasted malt, some caramel, mild fruit and a little wine. The mouthfeel is like it came out of a cask (as this beer is available in a cask). The taste is pretty smooth with the same found in the aromas, with caramel and notes of roasted malt. The aftertaste is a little nutty too. Quite a refreshing bitter that is not too punchy, but well-balanced.
Furseth (1904) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:Deep red colour,with a bit flat head. Aroma of coffee,and a nice dry hopyness in the end.
Flavor issmokey,Irich Coffee mouth feeling, and burned sugar. Light to medium body,medium smokey finish.