KnutAlbert (5551) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at Pigís Ear 09.
Sometimes Iím happy to live right now, if this was the beer they got in 1998.
Strong alcohol flavour, like the nastiest canned eurolagers. The booze kills off just about every other nuance.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks fine in the glass, nice small creamy looking head. Pours a deep golden bronze. Aroma is quite alcoholic, but backed up with a little marmalade, yeast and barley, then there is a really interesting whiff of vanilla which creeps in from the new oak used in the barrels. I would have scored the aroma higher except it is tainted by what I can only make out as a slight sulphurous note, other than that it is a great nose. the flavour is very pleasant and instantly reminds me of Durham Breweries Bedeís Chalice or Benedictus. Right off the bat you have strong barley with citrus, then into grainy malts, and some definite hop presence, but it takes a back seat to all the warmer notes and alcohol, then right at the tale end you get a real dryness with almost tannic like feel. Once again though I canít help but feel thereís a haunting sulphur note which distracts me, it just misses being a little pondy. The alcohol is a little unhidden which is kind of to be expected, but then I know it can be hidden with a little more time/trial and error. The oak shows itís face in the death of the beer with a lovely vanilla twist and classic oak like flavour. All in all an interesting beer, but I feel itís a work in progress. I do like it quite a bit, it just needs some tweeking here and there. Good effort though, and undoubtabely a beer that will develop should it see a wider release in the future...
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Peterborough beer fest 2009. Alround rating: Quite cool to get it from a big wooden cask. Vanilla, woody, big and sweet yet thin for the %, appley yeast character, grasys hop in the finish is far from balancing. I think taking a recipy from 1887 was the mistake.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served from wooden cask, gravity, at Cambridge Beer Festival, í09. Red brown. Aroma of pear drops and sulphur. Eye-popping fruity alcoholic taste with a bitter finish. Horrible yet delightful in the way that black pudding is.