TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whoa - the Evensong doesn’t travel so well - upon opening, it spews forth. Quickly pouring the bottle (in New Zealand), it is a cloudy brown with a foamy off white head. The nose is good though, floral and malty, with hints of stone fruits - very warming. I think the palate has been thrown around too much in the travel, but the mouthfeel is bitter and full. The malt flavours are somewhat earthy, with tobacco. In the finish, the malty becomes more bready with a lingering fruity hop bitterness. A shame to not be drinking it in the UK, where I am sure its performance would have been better, but I can still sense what made it a Champion.
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Toni Flükiger - dark brown colour with a ruby hue; huge foamy beige head; nice lace; subtle aroma of toasted malts, caramel and prune; solid carbonation, medium-bodied, moderate bitterness; aftertaste of ashes and prune - unusual and deeply interesting
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thorups, Aarhus, DK.
Amber with small white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Flavor is well balanced of hops malt sweetness and a sour tone.
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned at Cockney’s Pub, Århus
Dark amber to chestnut color, with a thin head. The aroma is maybe too simple. The flavor is solid, a straight Bitter, with strong caramel flavor and strong bitterness; maybe not exciting, but back to basics.
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Århus2008. 50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a fully diminished white head. Aroma is mild breadish. Flavour is mild breadish and dry hoppy with a mild spice note. Breadish dry finish.6-3-6-3-13=3.1
From cask at Three Judges. Pours golden deep amber to to brown with a small light tan head. Mild breadish and roasted malt aroma. Smooth and slight chocolate like. Vibrant caramelish dark flavoured with a light chocolate note and bit of liqourice. Light sweetness slowly appearing to an otherwise solid biter and roasted brew. Smooth roasted malty finish. Lovely.7-4-8-4-16=3.9
Theis (14266) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Thorups Cellar in Århus. Clear dark nutbrown - offwhit head. Nyutty, red berries, caramel, high malty, sweetness, nice hoppy, chocolate, grassy. Nice.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,5 l bottle, shared with neighbour Kjetil, who bougth it in Cardiff. Brown color, nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, with hints of smoke. Flavor is roasted and sweet malt, with some hops and fruit. Nice.
harrisoni (14841) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull at Market Porter. Ruby with thin tan head. Decent toasty malts, some fruit. Pretty decent, lovely juicy malts, good finish. Good mouthfeel, nice ginger. Good ESB.
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown with a tight off-white head. Aroma is strong fruit, earthy cellar, and light hops. Taste is roasty, toasty malts that fade to an astringent, herbal dry finish. Some cinnamon/cloves as well.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from open all hours. Aroma is slightly tart fruit, grassy, smelly old cellar. Taste is bitter, pale malts, slightly iodine. Alright, but a million miles from an old ale.