jookos (1523) - FINLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light orange, hazy. Nose is like a amarillo/cascade apa: peach, citrus, resins, floral tones. Body is bitter and a bit thinnish, dry. Harsh. Some caramel, yeast residue, staleness. I presume this is a flovery apa-style ipa. A bit hard, not in balance.
RichardW (1371) - 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.
jamesie1857 (1227) - 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.
ComradeK (922) - 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.
Beerheart65 (894) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Short creamy white head, good lacing, amber. Citrus hoppy, mild aroma, caramel malting, juniper. IPAish fruity hoppy flavor, tropical fruits, grapefruit, bitter taste and finish which fuits balance, light feel, light to medium body. IPA-like, tasty with lots of bitter-fruity flavor, interesting.
dogbomb (862) - 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.
MisoW (794) - 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.
Martin243 (689) - 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. It’s 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 wouldn’t 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.
thb (661) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear bright yellow with average lingering head. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, dough aromas, with some floral/tropical bits. Some earthy yeast. Taste runs the spectrum from a brisk, bitter opening before it warms up a bit to a rich, complex sweetness, bread, honey. Bitter, balanced finish. Alcohol rears its head a little too much. Like an amped up golden ale.