Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty, from the begining to the finish. Malt malt malt, with a backbone of alcohol, that oakish bourbon barrel - quite noticeable, but nice. Pleasant beer.
Stumblor (62) - - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the local off license. Pours like beef stock, almost no head, resin like bubble formation. Smells of licorice and burnt caramel. Tastes of aniseed, dark malt, cooking chocolate. Tastes better than I thought it would!
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omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012 vintage. When I first started getting into beer this was one of the beers you used to look out for. Sadly time has not been kind to this beer as the quality of beer out there is far superior than ten years ago. Little bit thin on the palate and too much sweet molasses. Flavours disappear very quickly.
pushkinwow (1575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small bottle, 2010. Hazy dark amber with sediment and a nice creamy light biege head. Quite fruity, esters, toffee, watery, caramel malt. Mild body, moderate carbonation, again seems watered down a bit with some malt, faint hops on the finish. Maybe this one just needs more time but it was almost like it was an echo of a beer.
brokensail (9154) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Vintage 2008. Amber pour with an off-white head. Seems to have passed its prime. Cardboard, water, and a generally oxidized aroma. Some sweet caramel and dark fruit, some toasted bread as well. The flavor is fairly sweet and sugary. Caramel and some fruits, cardboard, and a bit watery.
jaghana (3277) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAY 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355ml, a cloudy copper amber beer with huge head and good lacing. Nose is sweet like with spice and english hops. Aroma is on caramel and caramalt, yellow fruit notes on apricot, apple, spices such as cinnamom and anise. Finish is slightly bitter with metallic touch and old apples, correct but not out standing.
Melkart (156) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer. It’s balanced and with medium body. You can taste a little bitter, but the fruit sensation takes place at the end.
fsquirrel29 (75) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Right on the borderline of being too hoppy, but otherwise a nice beer. It says it’s an English Strong ale, but I thought it was more like an ESB.
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance - Caramel orange colour, cloudy due to bottle conditioning, light carbonation and very little head retention. Sediment is relatively dark in colour.
Smell - Oranges, Dried Apple, Very mild Christmas spice, and malty background. Reminiscent of Grand Mariner
Taste - Well balanced, fruity with sweet malt and some tang. Hints of apple, apricot, banana and raisin. Dry, mild bitterness with some tart fruity malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity for the style.
Mouthfeel - Smooth very slightly syrup with a light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability - Nice beer, would definitely have another. Quite heavy and fruity so not a session beer. Might suit a cider drinker better. Also quite potent in terms of alcohol.
ineedbeer (425) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is full of malt with lots of caramel, biscuit and toasted bread. There is also a hint of toffee and dried fruit esters, mostly raisin and prune. The beer is showing oxidation though with notes of sherry and a bit of cardboard. As expected no hop aroma and alcohol isn't very noticeable.
Pours a murky dark amber with some light brown highlights. A thin white head quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and only small legs.
Flavor is sweet upfront with quite a bit of caramel and toffee. There is also some burnt bread and biscuit mid palate. Mid palate there is also quite a bit of fruit eaters with raisin, prune and plum being most prevalent. A light, mellow bitterness in the finish with more sweet caramel and hints of alcohol. No hop flavor and only light oxidation in the finish. The finish has a lingering burnt toast characteristic. there is a bit of acidity to the flavor - low and clean but present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Astringency is low and the alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer has held up surprisingly well, but really isn't great. I wonder how the beer is at about a year as my guess is the base beer isn't great. I think I would prefer to see this as a slightly bigger beer.
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