stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - 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
Brandman (2144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden body white head. Aroma has resiny hops, grainy bready malt, quite mellow fruitiness. Flavour is bit toasted or roasted but just lightly. Also has quite intense and pungent bitterness. Some alcohol feeling, not flavour. Harsh and dry aftertaste. Yeast somes through hard way. Bit unpleasant. This is not bad, more like imperial golden ale than any other. The bitterness is remarkable high.
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chris Oís pre-GBBF shindig 2012. Yellow pour with a white head. Citrus and pear aroma. Sweet spice and citrus flavour. Fruity finish.
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2012, Olympia, London. A golden coloured pour with a small white head on top. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, malty, fruity, slight bitterness. Decent.
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Hoppy Loft Brussels, with S&G Tasting group, first day trip.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: hoppy, fresh, fruity.
TASTE: hoppy, fresh, though some bitterness from coffee taste.
Historical moment: finished first book with written ratings, present that day: Mathieu, Lisa, Chris, Christian aka Quinten and Leen!
EdKing (1983) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at ChrisOís Pre-GBBF Shindog. Hazy amber, medium white head. Nose is grain, citric acidic, taste is bitter, sour, acidic. Strong alcoholic. Not sure what this is trying to be or what it is. Will retry at GBBF.
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Pours a pale gold colour with a thin white head, plenty of fruit in the aroma, the taste is bitter with fruit with a good dry finish. Need to try this beer again.
BeerCast_Rich (1894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Ok, itís not white Ė but itís impressively light in colour Ė golden amber, with a decent white head. Honey comes out quite prominently on the nose. Feels very much like a barley wine Ė some sweet marzipan and almond on the flavour. Alcohol comes at the end, but honestly itís hard to pick out the exact abv. Predictably it gets sweeter as you go, but just about stops before it becomes cloying 
TheCametron (1877) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber. has a flavour and aroma of citrus hops with a trace of bubblegum sweetness to the malt. Peppery and essentially very nice.
MisoW (1789) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, courtesy of Cuso, many thanks. Pours hazy golden color, white head. Aroma is hoppy, floral hops, fruity, grapefruit, hints of honey. Taste is bitter, grapefruit, orange peel. Long bitter finish.