mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - 02 Aug 14, from Alko Arkadia, 20130524) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and almost white. Aroma had malts, fruity hops and hint of sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, fruitiness, sweetness, caramell, toffee and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, hoppy and bitter. Despite all the sweet flavours the end result was nicely balanced.
Marstonlad (437) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Pours brown with a mediocre white head. Malty aroma with some caramel, bready and biscuity elements; not much hop presence. Taste is sweetish and balanced towards malts, only a little hoppiness. Very bready, also nutty and fruity flavours. Medium body, average carbonation - could be a bit fuller. Nicely malty strong ale, drinkable despite strength.
Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2013. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Surprisingly moderate aroma, malts and a hint of fruit cake. Rich malty flavour, not too sweet, with a firm hoppy bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and drinkable.
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hints of red berries in the aroma. Wonderful complex taste, some sweetness and plum, while a a round bitterness is lingering in the aftertaste
ration (1949) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
180513. Bottle at home. Pours deep ruby with a nice head. Aroma caramel, malts. Malty body. Nice balance overall. As always a really nice Fullerís beer. Not Bad.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is malt, earthy, grass, pine and light flower. Flavour is caramel, light alcohol, grass, pine and light flower.
bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. Pours ruddy amber with no head. Aroma is malty and lightly floral. Med body, almost. Flavor is very floral with roasted malts. Very smooth and mostly on the bitter side.
IrishBoy (3855) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared by bhensonb. Nose is caramel, prunes, and a flowery note with a slight hint of bubblegum. Clear rusty amber with a small light beige head. Flavor is musty, sweet, and caramelly.
Jimthechap (1692) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber with little in the way of obvious carbonation to be had in what is a striking body. The head sits as a rocky cream colour. The aroma is of classic English bitter - elegant fruit orchard fruit driven malt, grassy to woody hops characters. It isnít a leap out of the glass and up the nostrils aroma but is admirable for its restraint as for anything else. The carbonation comes out in the mouthfeel, small and individual bubbles combine into a sherbet kind of tingle across the tongue. Those aromas noted are manifest in the flavour: golden apples, ripe nectarine and pears some caramel tart and short sweet pastry, peach slices and some lingering nuttiness. A thoroughly enjoyable example of a beer that probably started out as a special bitter, blasted past special bitter into strong ale - itís just the alcohol content that bumps it into a different category. I donít care. I still love it.
thomat (2085) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a small medium head. Malty with caramel tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a nice dry finish.