gegwilson (1458) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Whistlestop Wines in Saltburn. Pours ruby with a cram head. The taste is fruity malt and spiciness from the hops. Some toffee notes. A very traditional tasting beer. Not bad, but not very exciting either.
allmyvinyl (4224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from the brewery, shared with AshtonMcCobb. Pours dark red-brown, very thin off-white head. Aromas of dried fruit, cake mix, toffee. Taste is nutty, more dark stone fruit - almost prunes, Ash says - chewy, long finish.
AshtonMcCobb (2923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery.
Appearance - dark brown with a decent head. Some red chinks.
Nose - cake and dried fruit. A bit dry.
Taste - almost prunes, more cake and generally a lot more generous than the nose.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a dry balanced finish.
Overall - yep, good premium bitter.
Holmen2 (1222) - NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at Cardinal 08.10.14, in company with with JMF and OWK. Muddy brown. Beige head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and berries. Same taste, combined with good bitterness. High carbonation. Fine drinkability.
schuimkroaat (423) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle, ’bbe’ March 2016. Oxidised copper colour, veiled, minimal light beige head. Nose - the best part of it: apples, caramel, cake, dark bread, fortified wine. The initial sweet, velvety taste and mouthfeel, reminiscent of a fresh cake last for a couple of seconds and then flow into a less pleasant harsh dry, burnt-bitter aftertaste. Inviting, but still missing a kind of point somewhere.
gim (17) - POLAND - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled - don’t know bottling date, but I guess it’s quite fresh. Aroma: porter-like roasting, fruity notes, pleasant. Clear, brown with ruby hints. Head slightly brown and delicate. Bitter and medium sweet. Rather soft carbonation, nice bitter lasting finish.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve actually expected sweeter beer. It was pleasant surprise. Would drink again.
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep ruby, with a huge off-white head (I suspect this one has been shaken up somewhere in transport), which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Toffee and burnt caramel malt mix with restrained honeysuckle and leafy hops notes to create the aroma. Fruity, spicy hops up front lead through a floral flavour into a rich toffee malt body. Stewed fruits and spice come through in the finish. I love a good bitter, and this one is a fine example, with restrained English hops character and a good malt backbone.
daniele (5779) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ambrato carico discreta schiuma toffee lieve fruttato kiwi erbaceo lieve citrico discreto amaro buona nota maltata
Benzai (8971) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Hazy orange color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, lightly grainy, a touch of coffee, nicely bitter.
DutchDrebus (4297) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ joes. Brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Smells sweet, alcohol. Tastes sweet, malts, raisins. Medium body, medium carbo.