Marstonlad (718) - 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 (16262) - 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 Sueís away mini tasting in the íSham, 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 (6673) - 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 StrŲmstad, Sweden.
MrTipple (3105) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: heavy caramel malts, alcohol. Appearance: dark brown, small to medium white head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: alcohol again, sweets intensify, massive malts, light bitter towards the end. Overall: nice English Strong Ale, however, the aroma and palate of alcohol is not very subtle. Bottle at Cat and Canary, Canary Wharf.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding. Pours nice, deep chestnut with a medium, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has caramel, toasted, grass, a touch of smoke. Medium carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, brown sugar, dememera toastiness, light smoke, lots of heavy liqourice. Lingering quite bitter finish.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours amber with a big white head. Smells boiled vegetables, synthetic sugar and bread malty. Tastes strong bitter, boiled vegetables, bread malt, bubble with a burned hoppy finish.
Marduk (5886) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Deep copper color. No head. Candy, malty, wild berries in aroma. Weak aroma. Hay, caramel, candy, roast in taste. Also something woody. Raw.
bjakk (680) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - FEB 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden red light yellow thick foam. Malt, raisins, metal in the aroma. Malt, toffee, hint of fruit, mild metallic bitterness with a hint of grapefruit. Medium body high in carbon.
gbe75 (130) - ICELAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Nice and beautiful dark color with thick white head. Not so much aroma in my opinion but the taste is smooth and malty.
FatPhil (13067) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 500ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga) (7:4:7:4:15=3.7
Strangely latvian aroma, in the grains, a little milky. Fairly simple palate, a little sweet, but crisp carbonation cuts through that. Those latvian malts are there in the taste too, but itís nice. Nice marmaladey retronasals, sweetish, but lots of sweet mixed peel. Finish is nice and resiny, but not too sticky at all. Sweetish, but not sugary. Very nicely balanced. Hoppy Has room for more aging, Iím sure - letís put a year on our other bottle.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga) (6-:4:7:4:13=3.3)
Pretty messy aroma, a bit milky and stale, some dry nut papers. Improves with a bit of warming, sweetens and mellows. Looks lovely, chestnut brown and a tight head. Tastes lovely, a chestnutty sweet nuttiness, walnut too. Soft palate, gentle carbonation. Lightish, not saying 7.3% at all. Mellow nutty finish. Has lost a lot of what was good when it was young. Should either have had it 6 months ago, or waited 5 years.