Rune (8044) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint shared with Geir at GBBF. Naked, shining amber body. Port-like aroma. Vinous and fruity with shades of sweet malts. Hints of alcohol beneath. Firm mouthfeel (hand-pulled cask, 09.08.2008).
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Attractive rich golden amber colour with a a smallish but lingering white head. Fragrant aroma of orange, spice and grassy hop. Full bodied. Softly sweet caramel/toffee with lovely fruit and spice mingling wonderfully in the flavour. Cracking balance. Straight outta the top drawer.
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Toni Flükiger - clear reddish-amber colour with a little beige foam; aroma of caramel and quince marmelade; sweet and full-bodied, solid but subtle carbonation, late and fair bitterness, long aftertaste of quince and apricot
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@GBBF2008. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is alcohol, mild fruits, wood, vanilla and some wineish notes. Flavour is fruits, wood, alcohol, mild herbal notes as well as honey and some raisins in it. Pleasant and wellbalanced.
Sigmund (5116) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the GBBF 2008. Deep golden colour, low head. Lovely aroma of oak, rhum-drenched raisins and fortified wine. Warming mouthfeel. The flavour is again full of oak and raisins, also notes of bitter oranges and toffee, with a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer.
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Rumbles ($13 Ow!) According to the Durham Brewery website this is a baley wine but it’s not like any other I’ve had. Fluffy white head and straw/golden in clour. Powerful fruity hops came through very well and it reminded me of extra srtong pale ale but much more subtle. Alcohol was well hidden for such a strong beer. Full mouthfeel and a clean bitter finish. Expensive but still ok value for money and a good way to get the rosy cheek look.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep golden with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with ripe fruits,
caramel and toasted malt. Sweet flavor with ripe fruits, toasted malt, caramel and alcohol notes. Ends sweet with warming alcohol.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (in NZ, and a pricey $19!), pours with a slight haze to the bright copper colour, with a large creamy white head. A yeastie ull of flowery yeast flavours. Pricey, but worth it (though a tough drink for one, with 500ml at 9%(.
Theis (13392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cockney Pub in Århus. Cloudy amber - white head. Berries, amber malts, caramel, sweetness, raisins, dreid fruits, dark fruits, nice hoppy, caramel,wood, bitterness. Nice.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks beautiful, pouring a clear orange, with a thin beige hed, constantly refreshed by a rapidly rising stream of bubbles. The aroma is of oranges and alcohol, but I’m afraid it goes downhill from there. The mouthfeel is firm, and tingly, but the flavour has an orange note which reminds me of dentists toothpaste, and the alcohol is just way too hot. There are some nice flavours in the finish though. This is the first of the stronger Durham beers I haven’t loved unconditionally, and unfortunately, just happens to be the first one I decided to rate. Check out the brewery though, because these guys are awesome. A pity hardly any pubs in Durham seem to have their beers on, as we found when we were touring the UK recently.