TheCametron (1751) - 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.
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso’s pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. A clear golden pour with a fluffy white head on top. Warm malts & wheaty characteristics. A definite pale malt sweetness with yeasty, peppery dry notes. Has a warm tropical hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body, softish mouthfeel, bittersweet end. Didn’t quite get what was supposed to be ’stouty’ about this one.
PriorL (1643) - 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!
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odd but not half bad...big biscuity and toasty malts with a light roast. The nose is lightly hopped, malted with light grainy and biscuity malts, a bit of spice. Really unusual English strong ale...light a barley wine without the toffee and roast. Light bitterness on the finish. Overall a really good unusual brew.
RichardW (1457) - 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.
CH-303 (1365) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
New English county, Durham (41/46):
Appearance: Golden, bubbly and slightly hazy. Lots of nice, creamy white head.
Aroma: Fruit, slight fruit and hops.
Taste: Good amount of hops, some fruit and slight alcohol. Pretty good. Bitter and slightly harsh aftertaste.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Basel), 500 ml, CHF 8.00
Info: 18/7-2014, BB: 31/7-2016
jamesie1857 (1345) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle - was intrigued with the term "pale stout", but this is very much like an IPA with its citrus heavy hops in the nose and the taste, the body though comes across nice and oily like a deep stout. Nice lasting finish by the way. Tidy.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - APR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle. Slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head. Citrusy aroma with malt and floral hops. Flavor is citrus, malt, fruits and bitterness. Medium body, dry and bitter aftertaste. Very tasty, but nothing to do with stout, more like an IPA.
MisoW (1097) - 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.
ComradeK (989) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium gold, with a large off-white head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Floral and spice hops mix with a dry herbal aroma, sourdough bread and biscuit malt notes on the nose. Spicy hops come in up front, with a touch of mango present also. Toffee and biscuit malt notes and mild candied fruit in the mid-palate lead into a spicy finish. There is a slight dry sherry aftertaste. This is a lot drier than most English strong ales, and whilst it could stand to be a touch less carbonated, that makes it quite an unusual and also quite a pleasant drink.