ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tuckerís Maltings, Newton Abbot, Devon.
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Rather sad pour resulting in a headless, lifeless, oily looking and murky cola brown; points off there. The aroma is reminiscent of Kopiko candy, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla beans, mahogany timber and varnish, fresh marzipan and a barrel load of mixed, freshly roasted nuts, burdy-nums. Switches gear in the mouth. Tannins, souring malts and light yeasty acidity define it from the norm in the back. Heavily roasted and rich, darker malts otherwise dominate the mid-palate. Lightly roasted coffee, cola beer, cellar must, wood varnish, it tastes of an Old ale of days of old. So long, malty, tannic and rich is the finish, nice depth, a little tobacco and smoke builds. This is deliciously complex for a simple ale. The body quite light and the carbonation all but not evident allows the fluid to simply float on the palate. I would have given a higher rating but appearance is definitely accountable. Lovely, a brew I would love to try fresh after bottling. (50cL, BBE 08/13)
cgarvieuk (21876) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin lacing ... soft sweet chocolate malt nose ... deep roast ... little booze ... soft roast ... dark malts ... chewy woody malts ... I drunk this While Watching TV. Here to you 2PAC
leaparsons (9942) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Brown with a small head. Aromas are nutty roast malts with liquorice. Chocolate with hazelnut and coffee syrup. Flavours are sweet nutty Malts with grapefruit bitterness. Gritty cocoa with a nutty bitter finish.
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[500ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbott] Pours dark brown with a negligible head and no carbonation. Tia Maria aroma. Sweet black coffee continues into the flavour, balanced well against the bitterness of burnt roasted malt. Some chocolate and cough mixture in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink - the alcohol is (dangerously) not apparent at all. Good stuff.
PartyBear (29) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Dark chestnut brown in colour with a small off-white head, good lacing. No visible carbonation.
Aroma: Nutty roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Noticeable hops, with slight burnt aromas.
Taste: Bitter hops on the palete at first. There are clear nutty flavours, roast chestnuts. The malts are toasty, and warming, providing chocolate flavours.
Mouthfeel: Quite heavy in body, with a clinging oily texture.
Drinkability: A good classic ale from a quality independent brewery. They have managed to provide an ale with brilliantly balanced flavours, and a moreish quality.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3   Light Brown(1)->Dark(5) : 2   Ruby : 2   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 1   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 1   Lacing : 1
Intensity : 2
Yeast : XX   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Esters : XX   Banana : XX   Phenols : XX   Leather : XX   Perfume : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX
Malt : 3   Biscuity : XX   Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Toffee : XX   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Nuts : 3   Candy : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Fruits : XX   Chocolate : 1   Coffee : XX   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Dates : XX   Cherries : XX   Plums : XX   Figs : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Floral : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Spicy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : XX   Cloves : XX   Smoke : XX   Pepper : XX   Ginger : XX   Peach/Pear/Apricot : 2   Candi Sugar : XX   Anise : XX   Vinous : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : XX   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: Tired and flat, uncomplicated, tobacco infested brown ale that has little positive to offer.
Quack-Duck (9164) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, bought at Tuckerís Maltings. Copper colour, large creamy head. Hoppy nose. Flavours of caramel, nut and bitter chocolate. Very hoppy, slightly malty, fruity character. Dry finish.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Hazy, nutty brown with a small, off-white head. Roasted, nutty aroma. Medium body with odd vitamin-like notes. Lightly burned edge while the finish is dry. 100507
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. (THX Papsoe) . Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, caramel, malt. Flavour is hop, caramel, nuts, roasted. Bitter finish.
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. (Thx to Papsoe) The copper-colored, almost clear body is topped by an off-white head. Slightly burnt aroma, with notes of coffee and a little oxidation. The flavor is roasted, a bit sweet and malty. Full body. The oxidation in the aroma is probably due to the beer being aged some months past BB-date, yet it is a quite good brown ale. (070510)