zacgillbanks (3114) - 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.
BeerViking (3111) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Golden with a lacy fine white head and aromas of peachy malt and citrussy hops, becoming simultaneously floral, dry-malty and bitter in the mouth, before a peppery-bitter finish. No, it’s not a "stout" in the Porter sense, but as the brewery’s description says, it certainly is "stout" in the old sense.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a blonde colour with a thick white head. Reminds me more of a barley wine. Aroma of oatmeal, alcohol and caramel. Similar flavours with some roasty malt, apple seed and caramel. Quite bitter and dry with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Tasty!
RexTalionis (2985) - FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 50 cl. Slightly hazy golden in color with a whitish head. Floral, parfume, dishwasher, perhaps some fruits in aroma. Floral and slightly grassy bitter hops in taste. Somewhat fruity as well in aftertaste. A bit harsh. Gets a bit better as it warms up and more flavors appears.
tommann (2985) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours light gold with a large head. Aroma is creamy, peppery and a little orange hops. Taste has sone orange. Pepper and hops on the finish.
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Cam. Golden with a white head. Hoppy aroma, slightly peppery, citrus, little soapy, orange. Taste has spicy peppery hops, light citrus, orange, caramel, slightly earthy, British hops. No real sign of alcohol. Not a stout but good
SarkyNorthener (2927) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
May vs pac boxing night. Golden Amber beer with small head. Aroma of tropical fruit. Taste is tropical fruit, citrus and pale malts. Decent.
PriorL (2654) - 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!
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Poured a clear, deep golden colour, with a thin white head. Aroma of fruity aroma, with some grassy hop and strong malt notes. Smooth malty flavour, with tinned fruits and some bread. Finish was bitter resin, passionfruit and caramel.
stravale (2490) - 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 (It’s 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. I’m impressed with this beer, however the alcohol has considerable presence. I can’t 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....It’s not a stout but an ’English’ Belgian Golden Ale