JonMoore (1920) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Dark ruby brown coloured with a thick beige head. Dark fruit and malty aroma. Fruity and malty flavour; some sweetness and a nice bitter finish. A few other things going on; some chocolate, some smokiness. Dry to astringent, medium bodied. Nice, but I was expecting better.
Ungstrup (29951) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle conditioned. A deep red beer with a huge light brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of both fruit and nuts. The flavor is sweet malty again with notes of fruit, but also caramel and a light note of flowers from the hops, before a quite bitter end sets in.
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, GBBF 06. Thin tan head on a dark brown ale. Minimal aroma, some malts there. Slightly metallic bitter taste, slightly sweet. Carbonation in the mouth, coating and lasting sweetness. A little earthiness.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured ruby brown with a frothy beige head. The aroma showed some sweet tropical fruits and a bit of earth. Some shallow bitterness, but really not much depth of flavour. The bitterness actually gets a bit "nya" if you know what I mean. Thereís some smoke in the aftertaste that reminds me a bit of some smoked hickory bbq sauce. A fairly light bodied seems in keeping with the rest of the beer. Standard.
Fin (7805) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 07-03-06 picked up at House of Fraser Birmingham. Dark ruby coloured beer not much of a head. Initially I have to say I was not overly fussed and wondered how it had won CAMRA champion beer in a bottle 2003 or whatever it stated on the label. But to be fair I found this to be a grower and really rather enjoyed it, I got some quite powerful and very dark chocolate flavours coming to the fore and some nice well balanced roasted maltiness as well. Interesting drinking this straight after a Benidictus which I must say I prefer but I would like to try this on cask.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull ruby red body with an off-white head. Head retention was pathetic which didnít help the appearance. Dried dark fruit aroma. Thin body but with plenty of flavours, not all that fully balanced, salty, liquorice, meaty, yeasty and some hops on the finish.
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Liverpool 19/02/2003
Dark mid brown coloured with some alcohol content. Slightly dry full malt finish.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Dark, reddish brown color with a small but persisting head. Earthy, quite (dried-)fruity aroma. Lightly vinous. Very balanced and smooth, fruity flavor with some burned maltiness and a long, mildly bitter finish. Surprisingly some alcohol present, too. Medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated palate. A very decent brew, but nothing that special.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A weird one. Dark red, almost brown, very nice head. Worcestershire sauce, caramelised onions, some nice toffee-ish malt, sweaty yeast. Loads of yeasty flavour and a fair old astringency too. Weird tomatoes, tobaccoey British hops and a yeasty tartness, but still somehow interesting to drink. I expected to like this a lot more than I did - probably because it tastes more like a casserole than a beer.
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This old ale based on a 1937 recipe won this yearís CAMRA Bottle-Conditioned Beer gold medal. Itís an interesting beer but I canít say Iím blown away. It looked the business: shining ruby with a fat 2cms of loose foam. The aroma was distinctively English and showed dark juicy fruit, grapes, caramel and just a hint of farmyard. On the tongue, the dark fruits showed first, with some tobacco, licorice and allspice before a rather intrusive hop provided an astringent finish. Didnít seem entirely integrated to me. Halfway down the bottle, I began to find the spicy finish cloying. It also seemed fairly light in the body for an old, but the carbonation was perfect. Thereís enough going on here to encourage me to try more of their stuff. (500ml bottle, MegaBeer, bb July 2006)