dogbomb (632) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a large white bubbly head which dissipates. Looks surprisingly like a lager. Nose is malty and vinous. Flavour is more vine fruits, a touch of alcohol and white wine. Drinks really well. Finishes with a pleasant bitter buzz.
Fin (6175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from íJacksí Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, 19.04.12 consumed at home Fri 20.04.12 Pours light gold with lovely white head. Iím not entirely sure what a white stout is all about but regardless this is a tasty beer. Hoppier than I was expecting, in fact really quite hoppy, resin hoppiness that sits at the back of the mouth and one that only just this stays this side of being unpleasant. Some sweetness is also apparent, I like this beer but seems more IPA than Stout. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.7
mr_h (1436) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Ninaís Mini Market, Edinburgh (25 Mar 12) - solid gold with fast diminishing white head, citrus hop aroma, citrus flavour, spicy with a dry, bitter finish, high carbonation
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden with a large off white foam. Aromas are white wine and gooseberry with lime. Kiwi with lemon and dusty yeast. Biscuit base malts with melon and spicy hops. Flavours are lemon and lime with dry biscuit malts. Floral with gooseberry and more hints of lime. Dry and fruity to finish with peppery alcohol. Decent but why claim it is a ístoutí?
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Something not quite right here but I can't figure it out. full bodied yes and pale but something weird in the hop character - not oomph ing it for me
Martin243 (475) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
200th Rating! 500ml bottle bought from Fenwicks in Newcastle, cooled inthe fridge for 90 mins before opening. Poured into a large tulip.Hazy golden body with a thick, rocky white head. Honey and farmyard aroma. First impression is of a barley wine, then a Belgian strong ale, then about 1/3 of the way through, the "stout" starts to make sense. The honey persists from the aroma, tempered with a custard cream smoothness and a hint of red licquorice. Itís full-bodied, thick in the best sense of the word and ultimately complex so that you keep sipping, because each mouthfeel reveals a new facet.Obviously, the ABV is noticeable, but thankfully does not overpower the experience; however, I wouldnít want to drink a lot of it, or to drink it too regularly, but I feel like a proper connisseur having bought and sampled this fine and special beer for my 200th rating.
RichardW (1154) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Coppers, Ncl. Pours a lovely glinting orange colour. This is a stranger concept than Black IPA, I reckon. Rich, roast malt flavour that is warming and has a big jamminess and ripe fruit. Lively palate, long finish, hints of cherry sourness late on. A big beer that needs time to appreciate and savour.
zacgillbanks (947) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Fenwick in Newcastle. Pours hazy golden with a large foamy head. It has a spicy fruity hoppy flavour with a bitter warming finish. This stupidy named beer is a a barley wine / IPA not a stout in the modern sense of the style. Superb beer as normal from the Durham brewery.
superflyguy (410) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
not for me, thanks.
BOOZE! white BOOZE. totally overpowering.
it looks lovely in the glass. golden sun dappled straw with a lovely pillowy head. pretty much all flavours were wiped out by the alcohol. Maybe a touch of orange and apple flavouring but not much.
AleTsar (1327) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2012 Bottle from the Durham Brewery
Golden amber...at room temperature clear straw colour...creamy haze 30 mins out of the fridge....bubbly frothy head that dissipates to thin layer....reasonable good lacing (Itís a Gold Stout !)
Aroma - Fruity golden malts..citrus fruits without citrus tang...hint of banana and gooseberries..subdued hops..yeast ester notes..some alcohol on the nose....complex
Taste - Rich fruity pale golden malts.....light honey..belgian yeast characteristics....complex...quite like a belgian golden ale to me but more viscous...fruits as aroma but less so...alcohol is particularly noticeable - seems to be around the 8.5% mark for a golden beer..however this does not distract the flavour too much...some hop bitterness in the background.....good sipper to pick out different flavour nuances (predominantly from the yeast)...unusual but good flavour from an English brewery!
Palate - soft carb...oily, creamy, slight powdery texture...medium body. Finish - creamy malts...considerably more hop and alcohol bitterness here ...warming alcohol tail..clears well off palate
Overall - Interesting, fairly complex beer, Belgian influences in there, really good aroma. Iím impressed with this beer, however the alcohol has considerable presence. I canít help thinking it would be better at a slightly lower abv, perhaps 6.7%.
Take 2 08/02/2012....Twitter tasting event..room temp this time...better than rec. 10C...clear with flecks of yeast......picked up cake mix in the taste and got some floral notes ...still seems higher than 7.2% but the resinous texture does increase the drinkability....Itís not a stout but an íEnglishí Belgian Golden Ale