Kavu (1567) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark golden with a low head. Aroma is cognac. Nothing more. Flavor is malty cognac with a bit too much alcohol. Despite that itís still quite enjoyable if you like cognac.
Leighton (6982) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at chriso vintage tasting. Clear, rich gold pour with a large, off-white foam head. Sweet malt aroma, some candy. Big sweet flavor, some caramel, toasty sugars, light dry wood. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish, sweet caramel, some booze. Alright. Solid overall, though it doesnít blow me away.
Frovigalning (2028) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a slightly hazy copper-golden liquid with a small white head. Sweet malty smell with wood and cognac. Fairly dry with a strong taste of malts, cognac and wood. Warm alcoholic finnish. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh.
Kita (435) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 0.5l. Pours clear orange brown, cherry colour with small frothy brownish and diminishing head. Carbonation is flat. Hoppy nose with fruity notes of orange and vanilla. Aroma of cognac and caramel are also evident. Sweet malty taste with roasted caramel and light hoppy aftertaste. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate. Better than cognac...
KyotoLefty (4736) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with pretty lace. Nose of caramel, vanilla, and some cognac. A bit boozy and slightly oxidized. Sweet caramel flavor, booze, light fruits, barrel flavor is very subtle but pleasant enough. Smooth, with soft carbonation.
ReV2 (52) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 My last beer of 2011, poured with a clean head, delicious aroma similar to 2008 Vintage Ale. Cognac back taste very subtle, not as obvious as some of the whisky casked ales e.g. Innis & Gunn. Expensive at £7.50 from the brewery and perhaps not as appealing as some of the Vintage Ales Iíve had and slightly thin for 8.2% but a delightful beer to end the year.
gunnfryd (8564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep golden/ amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is cognac, malt, caramel, vanilla. Flavour is cognac, malt, fruit, vanilla, caramel. Could be more , but still a nice beer.
jackl (2597) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a airy off-white head. The nose is sweet - some roasted malts, toffee, chestnuts, dark fruits and alcohol. The taste is sweet and hot, dominated by the malt flavorings, the cognac aging definitely shows itself. The bodyís a bit too hot for my liking, Iíd have like to have aged this for a bit. The texture is a bit oily. Overall, OK and reasonably complex in flavor. Not amazing, though.
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled at oh6gdxís birthday bash at chrisoís. Clear amber, small head. Aroma of caramel and cardboard. Sweet and caramelly with medium-full body. Sticky syrup, cardboard and perhaps some cheap booze. Low bitterness. Feels industrial, like the Innis & Gunn range.
stouby (3212) - Holbśk, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home.
Clear copper color. Flavor heavy malty (caramel, roasted, wood, chocolate, cognac). Flavor moderate sweet, light bitter and spicy. Medium to full body.