BlackHaddock (6074) - Shropshire, - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle conditioned with a best before date of 15 Sep 2013 (or 2012, can’t be sure). Poured into a UK pint (carefully) @ home on 15 Nov 2012. No sediment left the bottle.
Nice, mid-brown, amber body, clean and clear: on top a good foam blanket of off-white bubbles which stayed around as well as leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.
The nose is malty, caramel notes lead the way with treacle/toffee coming a close second.
The taste is also malts first and foremost although there is a pleasing dry semi-bitter finish. I also found hints of fruit and nuts in the flavours as the beer warmed a little in the glass.
The beer is pleasant enough, but nothing to get excited about.
jmgreenuk (7308) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Connoly’s Wines, Solihull. Poured a clear copper colour with a thin broken white head. The aroma is metallic hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light citrus, watery hop bitter palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation.
sjogro (2272) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 At Jim/John is back tasting. Bottle courtesy of john. Clear amber, white head. Caramel malt, distant orangepeel, tea, dusty. Mild bitter. Medium body. Dry leaves.
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at the John/Jim tasting. Hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is herbal with caramel and veggy notes. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Maakun (3399) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at John is back tasting. Clear dark golden with white head. Cardboard, some English hops, soft lime, toffee, soft earthy notes. Light sweet and under medium bitter. Under medium bodied with soft carbonation. Meh.
deanso (8440) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle shared at the Jim/John is back tasting
thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Slight bitterness
Patrickctenchi (5858) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy, dark gold-amber with a frothy, off-white head.
Toffee, slightly leafy aroma.
Taste is toffee malt with a nice, subdued, leafy bittering.
Mild and light, but with a fairlyrobust, malty flavour.
shrubber85 (10359) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toffee malt and herbal vegetal aroma. Golden yellow with large off-white head. Golden yellow with large light tan head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Body on the lighter side. Pleasant easy drinking beer.
dchad56 (318) - - AUG 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - clear Darkish amber with thick foamy off white head. Nice on tongue and in mouth. Decent hoppy aroma. Malty bitter finish - enjoyed.
Cunningham (6739) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear deep brown color with a finger thick white head. Fine lacing.
Aroma: Slightly sweet caramel malty, light hoppy and fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Caramel malty, light hoppy and a balanced fine fruity background.
Overall impression: Fresh and tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle at Church End Brewery in Nuneaton, England.
gunnfryd (13975) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pale amber coulour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, caramel. Flavour is fruit, malt, caramel, hop, grass. Medium body. Ordinary beer.