Fin (7029) - 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 (3042) - 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 didn’t 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 (9158) - 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 (4667) - 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 (1402) - 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 year’s CAMRA Bottle-Conditioned Beer gold medal. It’s an interesting beer but I can’t say I’m 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. Didn’t 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. There’s enough going on here to encourage me to try more of their stuff. (500ml bottle, MegaBeer, bb July 2006)
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with lasting, beige, bubbly head. Quite malty, nutty, tobacco, nicely bitter, medium bodied, nice ale - but far from the best durham ale imo.
RichardGretton (4177) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark brownish black beer with a light head. The aroma is slightly roasted and coffee and the flavour is reasonably dry and slightly chocolatey. Overall quite a basic beer.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep ruby coloured. This is a nice well-hopped ale with some very nice herbal notes. Also some fruitiness. Dry and bitter finish.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Dark, orangey brown, hazy almost opaque with a handsome, creamy, beige and surprisingly stable head. Scent of caramel and hard roasted malt with the same characteristica in the flavour. Dry, bitter finish. Interesting. 050805