berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Bell, Waltham St Lawrence. A rather dull chestnut colour at first glance with a loose cream head, but when the sunlight hits the glass (as it did in the beer garden this evening) a bright reddish copper gleam appears; the aroma is full of red fruit with a hint of rye; the taste is fruity with a caramel sweetness at first, then becoming drier with a gentle bitterness and some woody resin towards the finish. A perfect pint for a beautiful spring evening.
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium beige head. Clear brown body. Floral citric fruity aroma with dusty corn notes. Sweetish fruity lemsip taste with candy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish resiny floral aftertaste with spicy wooden citric notes. It’s not bad, but the overly artificial fruity flavours don’t work for me. (0.5l bottle, from odd bins, Edinburgh.)
StuartC (70) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Deep amber-brown, no bubbles but thick browny-white head. Very malt-dominant aromas, earthy, cut grass, espresso. Medium body, not bubbly yet fairly spritzy, good intensity, medium acidity, dry, peppery tingle lasts a good long time. Dark flavours on the palate: smoky, dates, black pepper with cinnamon swirls; There’s a hint of sweeter spice and woody elements, rye bread kicks in mid-palate; Bittering hops come in right at the finish with a purge of wet grass and over-ripe grapefruit. Was expecting something quite a bit fruitier; needs either more hops to tone down the smoke, or more sweetness to round it out.
Iznogud (2500) - CROATIA - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Kinlochewe hotel, Kinlochewe. Pours dark copper, off white head. Lots of hops in aroma, fruity, hint of pine, caramel malty. Medium bodied. Dry bitter finish.
stouby (4437) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at YNWA. Clear dark amber. Aroma medium malty (caramel, bread, spicy) and hoppy (citrusy, piney). Flavor medium sweet and bitter, light spicy. Medium body.
Bubeer (319) - - JAN 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy mahogany. Large head, medium retention. Aroma intensity 3.5/5. Dark hoppy aroma, with notes of citrus, hay, banana and vanilla. Malt and apple comes out in the heavy bitter taste. Medium to full body, with interesting complexity
imdownthepub (13226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at The University Club, Oxford. Red amber with white head. Fuller malty notes from the start, grainy notes, some cereal hints then a light caramelised character. Berry fruity notes then come through. Decent.
flying_pig (1419) - SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on-tap at Derygate brewery, Glasgow (£4.50):
Good stuff again from Cromarty & much improved on their Happy Chappy that I had last from them. Hoppy (although the nose could have used more) with nice citrus & pine flavours balanced well against the caramel and biscuit malt sweetness that gave the beer a similar flavour to that of an American pale ale in places. Very nice stuff & one I’m likely to try again.
Karstenborg (786) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Redbrown with big white head. Aroma is hops, pineapple and malt. Taste is citrus, hops and mango.
TEJA (2420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shaired by Björn, thanks.
Huge fluffy light beighe head. Clear amber color. Big cascade hop aroma. Dry finnish and a balanced bitterness.