ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A White Stout left me contemplating a black, roasted malt beer encapsulated in essence in a pale ale, like some modern El Bulli cuisine trickery; but it weren’t to be!!...Low pffft and off comes the cap. Into a tulip at just on cool. Medium, compact white head atop a deep yellow body that shimmers when held to the lights. A rather English fruit mince mix of orange marmalade and bitter orange peel, apricot, peach and a hint of ripe plums tickles the nose - all things stonefruit in here. Bitter, sweet orange - peel, pith and flesh dominate this one. Heat suggesting fusels lap the finish. It is slightly vinous and sightly tart with a leafy, grapeskin astringency on the swallow. Loads of pale stonefruit make it quite palatable. The body quite lean but not sessionable. The carbonation quite soft aiding its fruit wine quality. Lastingly bitter and rounded. It grew on me...., but not a ’Stout’ given the history of dark malts and the introduction of pale kilned malts well after this style was the norm! (50cL, BBE 04/17, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
mR_fr0g (9534) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home split with Sarah from Beer Hawk. Slight hazed golden orange coloured pour with a lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is slightly alcohol solvent, jammy fruit, grainy, grape, grain husks. Flavour is composed of strawberry jam, grape, grain husks, fruity esters, passion fruit. Not sure if this is a stout really. Palate is semi-sweet, moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Bit of a weird one. quite sweet.
Dawsemeister (25) - - DEC 29, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I have re-written this review after drinking more of the beer and considering it carefully.
It is not good, but more than that, it describes itself as something unique and impressive and then doesn’t deliver at all. It is disappointingly thin, overpoweringly bitter and with the only discernible flavours being flat lager and a fair acrid fruitiness reminiscent of air freshener. In the world we live in; with the wealth of delicious strong beers available, the condescending tone and pretentious tasting notes on this are an insult.
Gentle_Ben (52) - Rutland, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2016 Not sure what to think of this. Obviously this is not a Stout to any modern definition. I would compare this to a double IPA. Aromas hoppy and citrus as expected. This tastes every bit of its 7.2 ABV and a thin body is supplemented by a meths like alcoholic taste. The meths lingers along with a rather unpleasant icing sugar bite. Pretty unpleasant experience- sorry Alex! x
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Divino Cellars bottle(25-Nov-2015)Citrus floral aroma.Cloudy amber,good head&stretched suds lace.Sweet spirit herbal stew fruit.Herbal mandarin floral&big veg spirit aftertaste.
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: spicy hop, floral, malt and spirit
App: orange hazy, white head with sheet lacing
Flavour: strong sweet malt with a citrus hop overtone
Palate: ling citrus finish
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lunkie (1827) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spiritus malt herbal aroma. Murky Amber colour great head and lacing. Malt medicinal spiritus flavour. Smooth lingering palate.
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a very cloudy mid-amber with a quickly diminishing white head. It settles after an initial gassy liveliness to look more like scrumpy cider than most beers. The nose is sweet and pleasant, with mango and lychees while bitterness rules the taste on both its early palate and a long finish. The flavour has light floral, soapy hop notes as well as honey and apple sweetness. Weakened by the fact it tastes every bit of its 7.2% ABV. Another complex beer from Durham, though nothing like as good as the Smoking Blonde for me, but that’s not to say there isn’t a fair bit to like about it. I’d recommend drinking a full bottle as I enjoyed it more the further it went down as my palate became immersed in its flavours.
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: fruity, some grain malts, citrus. Appearance: clear gold, large, frothy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: fruity sweetness making room for some bitters quickly, citrus and grapefruit. Overall: quite a nice Strong Ale, nicely balanced. Pint at GBBF 2015, Kensington Olympia.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours a clear gold with a fine white head of foam. The nose is cocoa & coffee with a mild stout flavor. Alright.