Holmen2 (1146) - 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, íbbeí 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 (8) - POLAND - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled - donít know bottling date, but I guess itís 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.
Iím not sure why, but Iíve actually expected sweeter beer. It was pleasant surprise. Would drink again.
ComradeK (1045) - 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 (5595) - 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 (8747) - 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 (4249) - 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.
crward77 (1) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, deep red/brown ale with a tan head. Satisfying aroma of caramel. Light and easy to drink, mild carbonation with fruity and roasted caramel/toffee notes. Finishes with a pleasant tang. Very enjoyable.
SaintMatty (5487) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (Bridge Tavern, Newcastle) - Dark brown with red tinges. Raisins, roasted malt and a hint of cocoa in the aroma. Roasted and fruity taste with raisins and cocoa standing out.
jmgreenuk (4779) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle from Kris Wines. Poured a hazy dark amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is dry yeast and malt. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a hoppy malt palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Fine for a session.