oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask@GBBF2009. Yellowish golden colour, small head. Aroma is earth, fruits, spices, mild oak as well as some bready malts. Flavour is lots of wood, some yeast as well as mildly diacetylic notes. Quite wooden in the finish.
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask (gravity) at GBBF 2009, Day 1. Very pale straw colour. Unfortunately the aroma was dominated by a heavy diacetyl taint which masked any other elements, particularly in a delicate Kolsch style (would not have guessed at Kolsch as the style). Diacetyl is less noticeable on the palate but there was rather a paucity of any defining character in the flavour. Maybe a hint of yeast and something ever so slightly sour. Thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel. I had assumed the cask had not survived the journey too well but some of the other ratings, from closer to its home, are not too complementary either. If anything it seemed to me that this was aimed in the same direction as some of "Light" offerings that many US brewpubs feel compelled to produce. I’m prepared to give it a second chance but I certainly can’t say I enjoyed it too much on this showing.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale yellow color, small white head. Wet socks, diacetyl butterscotch nose. Flat mouthfeel. Pear, sweat, diacetylic flavor. Light lemony hops. Weird.
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
[2174-20090520] Tap. Mild nothing aroma has a slight hint of yeastiness. Clear, light yellow orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head and some lacing. Fresh yeasty flavour has a mild tangy citrus zest. Medium body is a little bitter. Fresh if a little uninteresting, average.
(@ Franciscan Well; Cork, Ireland)
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Tap at Bull and Castle in Dublin.
Glass: Pint glass.
Appearance: Clear yellow color with a one finger white head.
Aroma: Citrus and grains. Very clean.
Flavor: Wheat and citrus dominate with a modest bitter finish.
Palate: Light body with solid carbonation.
Overall: Solid Kolsch.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009-05-20. Crisp yellow body with a small foamy white head and lace that fades. Mild aroma, muted hops are lightly grassy and floral, mild grainy pale malts. Flavour is also mild, light bitterness, grassy bit, mild pale malts. I preferred the lager I think. On tap at Franciscan Well, Cork
mayordenis (18) - USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. Small amounts of fruitishness other than that unremarkable. Passable.
SeanMacGC (332) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Pale golden pour, not too much on the nose. Hops on the nose, and not too much else on the palate. Decent enough mouthfeel.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Bull and Castle, Dublin. Corn and cheesespread aroma. Butter, breakfast cereal, lemon-scented cleaning products. Slightly sick-flavoured big Custard Cream and cornflake finish. Drinks like a budget Albanian lager, but nothing as classy as Tirana. Zero hop or malt presence. Laughed my tits off when I saw it listed as a Kolsch on RB. But at least its not Guinness.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught @ Bull & Castle. Clear golden with tiny head. Sweet grainy with herbal notes.