JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 047892. Pale orange colour with a fast fading white head. Fairly fruity aroma with a little bit of soft herbal hoppiness. A touch of light mint and some light spice as well. Orange peel and a touch of crackery malt. Itís a fairly simple brew really - I suspect that, like with some of the other vintages, it needs a bit of age to add some complexity to the brew. Comes across quite plain. There is a little bit of estery flavour, mostly stewed fruit and some light cherry as well. A touch of pepper as it warms up. Moderate bitterness. Meh - maybe with two more years on it.
EdKing (2095) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle care of Chris O. Colour is tawny amber, lighter than more mature years. Nose has all the usual elements such as orange marmalade, sweet barley malt, caramel, citrous peel, but thereís also some peachiness. Taste has not softened yet so thereís dryness and crispness from bitter hops and lots of raw alcohol. Also some minerally stuff with the sherry, marmalade, caramel and sugariness. Quote raw and potent at one year.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle number 117306. Pours with an almost completely clear deep orange to lightly copper hue with a massive bone colored off-white head. I do not remember the head being as gigantic in years past. Outstanding lace and retention. Aromas are quite hop forward, and more so than a few of the others in the past. Lots of marmalade, orange and citrus peel, grassy, herbal and even a bit minty. Some currants, berry and baked apple yeast esters. Malt profile seems complex, bready, toffee, biscuity, fig, vanilla. Light alcohol, and even a bit of a musty quality. Overall, quite a fruity expression of hops and yeast, with the rich malt taking a back seat. Flavors donít quite live up to the 2009 or 2010 when fresh. Bready up front, malty, biscuity, crackery. Medium to slightly sharp, unrefined bitterness, orange peel, orange and angostura bitters. Marmalade. Dried apricot. Malt profile seems a bit thinner than in the past. Toffee and burnt caramel as it warms. Mildly floral. Medium fruit esters, peaking alcohol. Lightly astringent alcohol presence as well. Creamy, slightly fuller carbonation. Medium bodied, fruity during the long duration that finishes a bit bitter. Warming.
Not my favorite of the recent vintages fresh, although I can see this mellowing into something quite nice in a 9 months to a year. Hop character on this one isnít my favorite expression.
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smelled a little bitter poured deep golden colour. Better than normal fullers good need but not the hest
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Floral and very fruity hop aroma. Some caramel notes. Fruit-forward flavor, with pear and mango standing out. Caramel and light biscuit malt. Moderate bitterness, full bodied.
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 pours beautiful brandy/amber colour with off white head. aroma of caramel and dark fruits, raisins, figs. taste is smooth, great balance, bitter sweetness, dark fruits, marmalade, alcohol warmth. strong, complex and delicious.
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light copper color with beige head. Fruity aroma with toasted malts and some alcohol. Similar flavors with some doughy yeast. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
pilsnerrogge (2606) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear, orangey amber with a creamy head. Aroma is booze, caramel, oranges and cooked vegetables. Flavour is booze, caramel and some licorice. Long, boozy bitterness. Way too young.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, husks), moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of dried mango, soured fruit, and bile. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Slightly better flavor balance than in previous years (although the 2010 never came to Colorado, or I never saw it...in fact, 2009 bottles were gathering dust on some shelves right up until this recently arrived), but it achieves that with a bit more acidity than usual. Mostly pleasant aroma offers tropical fruits and cookie-caramel malt character. Some grainy-husky malt and some kind of sour fruit - bile thing mars the nose slightly (theyíre relatively mild), and the medium/watery body just canít bear its 8.5% booze level...this would be better at 6% or so. A grainy finish hurts the otherwise decent flavor balance. Overall just ok.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Clear deep amber pour with an average off-white head that sticks around and leaves a nice lace. Aromas of spicy hops, cooked fruit and caramel. Very caramel on the palate with some sweet fruit across the middle and a lightly warming finish.