imdownthepub (10662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 500ml (No. 54004) from Sainsburyís in Banbury. Tawny brown with off white head. There is a heady alcohol aroma to this, quite like Slivovitz Plum Brandy in character. The fruity theme follows into the beer, strong alcohol notes, plum, quite fiery and warming. There is little bitterness, the depth is all alcohol led, still a very decent beer though.
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, flowery soft hopbitter aroma with hints of biscuit and citrus. Malty sweetish flavor with blackcurrant butterscotch, flowers and a hint of salt. Well balanced, just a bit alcoholic ale.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma had hoppy and malty notes. Flavour had caramel, floral hops and malty notes. Finished bitter.
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botella, no. 97243. Pale orange colour. Dark fruity sweet caramel malty alco aroma. Quite sweet dark fruity deep malty alco flavour Sweet fruity bit alco finish. Rather too sweet but still pleasant.
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle poured a clear orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, candied apple, carmel, pepper and spice.Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, light carmel, candied fruit and light spice with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís warm copper with a white head. The aroma has notes of raisin, malt, caramel and more dried fruit. The flavor has sweetness and notes of malt, caramel, light alcohol, fruit and raisin.
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a large, frothy off-white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and nutty malt with pine, citrus, and floral hops; fruity with light alcohol notes. Flavor is a malty and hoppy start with an alcohol and spicy hop bite, fruity with some light doughy yeast notes and chewy malt. Full bodied, warming with high carbonation and a dry finish.
Theydon_Bois (9993) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Frankís (Ramnuts) tasting - 06/11/12 #11879.
Pours a hazed light amber with a thin off white head.
Nose is toffee fudge, dates, prunes, dark fruits, sugars, little pinch of wood.
Taste very similar to nose, slightly tarte in the execution.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter finish.
Decent enough - but not a patch on some of the ígoodí exampls of the older vintages Iíve tried.
Bov (9818) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from crackedkettle.com - hazy amber-bronze colour with a poor and chaotic foam; robustly malty aroma with notes of almonds and apples; full-bodied and quite sticky; the palate is quite mellow with a solid sweetness; fair bitterness, long malty aftertaste with notes of apples and caramel - good but needs some aging
FatPhil (9646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
A: 7 pleasant fruity cakey aroma
L: 4 Rich red, hint of haze, tight orangy-beige head.
T: 7 Some toffee and cakeiness, but I also get slightly floury aspects that Iím less keen on. Balance between the sweet cakey malts and the zesty hops is very nice. Flour subsides later, but is replaced by a bit of dustiness instead.
P: 4+ Full smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Cakey finish, some cut mixed peel with an almost orangy zesty tingle. Perfect for sipping after a meal. Hops do seem to build up sip after sip.
O: 16- Maybe itís becuase I like the bitter hops, but for me it improves sip after sip, the cakeiness never fades, but it becomes mellower and more succulent, and the hop bite never stops building up - lovely. Look forward to tasting this again in a year or two - it has enough sweetness and strength that it should age very well. (Yes, I know, it has had 4 years already.)