seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Tasted new 2012 vintage from 12oz brown bottle into tulip. It poured a beautiful clear dark reddish-brown color with lasting beige foam and lace. Nice aromas: bread, toast, coffee with cream, fragrant citrusy and earthy hops, faint ale yeast esters. Classic Big-Brown-English-Ale flavors too: strong malt sweetness balanced by tangy hops bitterness, caramel, toffee. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation, just a hint of acidic tartness. Smooth and lasting fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Great beer.
UPDATE 11/5/2013: Tasted this seasonal release again this year. This time more bitterness but less hoppy flavours and aromas than I remember. Nice toasty winter warmer, cool combination of Porter and IPA traits.
Nocturne (1172) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Dark reddish brown shade. Short head. Aroma is toasted malts, molasses, light hops. Similar taste. Leans slightly towards a cherry and almond-like flavour. A smooth, creamy feel to the palate. Decent winter ale but nothing too exciting.
Shark_Pants (452) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cola red/brown with decent aerated ivory head. Sweet molasses aroma, with spices, cherries, dates. The taste is similar, with the spices quite pronounced. Light-med bodied. Pretty good but not great.
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome aroma of dark fruits and complex malts. Big thick head and silky smooth carbonation. Flavor of complexity took on life of its own of prune and toffee. Finishes of molasses and earthy hops.
markducommun (414) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark mahogany, yellow tan head. Burnt sugar, light spice, dark fruit. Light earthiness. Touch of spice and bitterness, plenty of sweetness. Medium body, lingering finish that strays towards bitter. Light effervescence, not to much in the way of carbonation. Good.
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma of some cherry and raisin along with well balanced malts. Has a plum flavor accompanied by a maple malt character and a rich finish.
AndyW68 (1217) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish pour. Sticky. Aroma is sweet cherry. Taste is the same. I need a few more characters.
Idiosynkrasie (4922) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Clear, darkest ruby red colour with average to huge, thick, frothy, fairly lasting and lacing, ochre-ish beige head. Malty aroma with a cherry note. Taste is slightly sweet malty, fruity, notes of cherry, red berries, a minimally salty and peppery spicy touch, celery. Very clean wrought, soft and smooth palate.
edgallow (2846) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, grains and some cocoa. Taste is sweet malts and a bittersweet finish.
Dervock (616) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep plummy red with an off white head. Sweet dried fruit aroma with a rich sweet malt. Sweet malty taste. Takes a long time for the slightly bittersweet finish. Full creamy paltry.
zvikar (4014) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Maxís place. Thanks troubles. Pours orange deep with a beige head, aroma of apples, caramel, honey, flavor is bitter with bread, caramel, medium bodied.