ClubGonzo (4240) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep, clear orange body with a medium white retention. Nose is caramel, vanilla, dark malts, almonds and hints of booze. Taste is even more complex: wood, booze, whiskey, dark malts, molasses. A fusion of almonds and marzipan brings out a Christmas pudding-like flavor, which is not (as opposed to certain other English ales) not disturbing but nicely integrated in the overall flavor profile. A very nice and classic English strong ale, with a good dash of that yuletide spirit! :-)
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper with a beige head. Aroma: candy (Zoo tablettask?), sweet malt, fruit. Taste: candy, alcohol, oranges, citrus, fruit, malt, some pepper, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied. Not exceptional, and I see why many think this is a bit too sweet and alcoholic, but I like it. Struggling to find the cognac though.
Nisse666 (4509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from SB thx to ekstedt, cons 2010-11-18, Göteborg
AR: pear cognac, loads of alcohol, candy sweetness
AP: mahogny colored body, wee white head
F: alcolic x 2, oak, orange chocolate crocant, dry finish
gnoff (7983) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle thanks to ekstedt! On November 17, 2010
Bottle No. 15220, BB end 2013
Fruity, berry, candy/sweets, light phenolic, evident alcohol scent. Clear oxidized copper color, orange head. Sweet, wood, chocolate, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Sweet and chocolate aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Nice chocolate notes, but way too evident alcohol.
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, medium off-white head. Hayish malt aroma with faint vanilla oak notes, alcohol, herbal. spicy hops. Medium bodied. A bit harsh bitterness.
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3287-20100803] Cask sample. Grainy leaf toast aroma has mild tree bark notes and seems boozy. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Grainy sweet toasted malt flavour has a lingering sweet alcohol and tinge of marmalade. Medium body. Average, gets better with more sips.
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)
Mad_Ferret (661) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear mahogany colour. Off white head. Nose is thick with boozy cognac and sherry aromas just like description says. Sticky and sweet. Taste is cognac, caramel, some fruit and nuts. If there is any chocolate there its very faint. Wait...ok it’s there. It has a nice warming boozy finish. I actually enjoy it, though I have’nt been so swept away by other beers with rum/whiskey/oak etc. in them.
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Copper colour, medium off-white head.
Aroma: Earthy hops, fruity, marmalade, honeylike, warming.
Flavour: Sweet warming, hoppy, malty, marmalade, can’t find the cognac.
Mouthfeel: bit thin.
Total: well made, but nothing special.
thewolf (11264) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [thank you, feldthaus]
Pours clear, light hazy orange amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and mild oaky notes. Medium carbonation, light creamy and somewhat oily mouthfeel. Flavour is rather sweet, mildly vinious, caramel, light oaky, red apples. Some cognac sweetness. Quite delicious with a good, dry finish. Sweet, but nice.
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours deep red copper with a smallish head. Yellow apples aroma. Well-balanced yellow apples flavours, some bitterness. Despite the nice presentation, this ended up a disappointment.