Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It says ruby on the label and that’s a good reflection of the truth. Ruby to polished mahogany in colour with a skim of head and evident sparkle. Very rich aroma of plums, figs and steamed pudding. There’s some amber resinous quality and ripe autumnal fruits as well. It really is a complex aroma. A sweet, oily body and elegant flavours. Just a suggestion of bitterness but long finishing because of the mass of malty flavours. Indeed, malt is the superstar and begs for me to have more of this.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Malmö beer and whiskey festival. Sweet and malty with dried fruits caramel and some herbs.
Braastad (434) - FINLAND - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, small head
Malty aroma has caramel and nuts.
Flavor has old fruits with toffee, nutty notes.
Alcohol does come through a bit.
mile (3450) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light berry fruitiness, light alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light fruitiness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and light fruitiness, light bread and faint hoppyness, light - some alcohol. Bit one-dimensional, lacks character. Could use more bitterness to balance alcohol and caramel sweetness.
mikkopen (935) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Clear coppery colour, dense off-white head. Caramel-malty aroma with dried fruits and notes of nuts. The flavour is sweetish, caramel-malty, with raisins and other dried fruits and woody notes. Moderately bitter finish. Pretty good.
allmyvinyl (6596) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from the brewery online shop. Pours clear copper brown, thin white head. Nuts, toffee, dried fruit aromas. Taste is more toffee, very light bitterness at the back end. Hides the strength well. Nice idea, would like to try more on the series.
jookos (3602) - FINLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Mahogany ruby clear. Autumny hoppy leaves, herbals. Some daker caramels. Full bodied, a bit sticky. Some sweetness, metallic tones, slightly roasted grains. Flavourful and all, but not really my thing.
Marstonlad (596) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. A color of dark ruby with a medium-sized head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malty and fruity, the former element featuring sweetish caramel and bread and the latter dried and dark fruitiness, especially raisin. Taste is medium sweet with drier bitter notes making a brief late cameo. This is definitely malts-oriented. Dark fruits, caramel and some sweetish bread and nuts appear. The palate is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Solid British quality all in all.
Theydon_Bois (12865) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with JF at a Sue’s away mini tasting in the ’Sham, 11/03/14, from the brewery.
Dark amber with a good sized off white head that thins to a covering.
Nose is malt forward, caramel, dark stoned fruits, light spice, bitter orange, toffee apple, sugars.
Taste comprises rich malt notes, biscuit crumble, sugars, toffee, light booze, dark fruit rip.
Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok stuff but a little 1D, not much depth.
Cunningham (5726) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear nutty color with a big white head. Good lacing.
Aroma: Malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Balanced round fruity and deep caramel malty. Toffee and plum.
Overall impression: Decent tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.