RexTalionis (2861) - 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.
BenH (2819) - 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
zacgillbanks (2807) - 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.
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.
PriorL (2415) - 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!
stravale (2370) - 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
planky84 (2284) - , 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 O’s pre-GBBF shindig 2012. Yellow pour with a white head. Citrus and pear aroma. Sweet spice and citrus flavour. Fruity finish.
Brandman (2251) - 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.
evergreen0199 (2222) - 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.
MisoW (2072) - 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.