MrFecesious (952) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange/copper. Aroma is strong toffee and overripe apricot & raspberry. Taste is caramel, sticky dried fruit, spices. Mild carbonation. A pleasure <in my penile region>.
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear pale brown colour with thin but well maintained head. Aroma is quite fruity and sweet. The flavour also has fruitiness such as some bitter orange peel. The general mix of bittersweet fruit and light spice is pleasant and with the warmth of alcohol becomes rich. Very dry finish.
Senka (447) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 90878. Excellent English Strong Ale! Caramel, yeast and alcohol in aroma. Some mold and cellar feel to the pour. Dark orange, slightly cloudy pour with medium thick white head. First sip hits you with roasted malt, caramel and again alcohol. Second sip tells you a bit more about complexity - some sweetness of toffee and marzipan, burnt caramel and a heavy hoppy bitterness *(partially due to density and abv). It has medium body, velvety texture and soft fizz. Body should improve over the years a lot. If we talk strong ale - this is the best example. you should get several bottles/boxes and drink it over the years.
77ships (3735) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Antoine & Seabass. Wonderfully packaged in a box – amazing packaging, feels special & the bottle assures me that my bottle was part of a limited edition of only 125.000 bottles wow – that is probably more bottles than quite a few Belgian breweries make per year. Bottle nr. 40634. Pours a light caramel, amber orange, creamy, light off-white head, only around the sides bit odd for a beer of only an ABV of 8.5 well maybe that is a lot for traditional British beers. Smell is light caramel, toffee, orange, touch fruit, light nectar, ligher British hops,… Tastes like Turkish delight / Lokum, wow, that one is new, honey, British malt, lightly sticky, light British hops, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, touch nectar, nectar,… Light carb. body is way lighter than hopped for still okay. Had a lot higher hopes for this one – feared first that this might be too young but do not feel like this will go up a lot with age. Bit of a downer although certainly not per se bad. Still would be interesting to see maybe back in a few years.
sebletitje (6648) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with 77 ships.
Ambrée, col crémeux blanc cassé.
Arôme présente ce bouquet houblonné anglais avec une fine note de fruité noir pour un malt léger caramel.
Palais garde ici aussi les caractéristiques anglaises, malt, caramel, pointe de grillé avec un accompagnement fruité noir type baies. Houblon donne un côté amer léger pour un fini gardant une pointe de sucre résiduel qui colle aux lèvres.
Pas mal, solide et bien réalisée, sans pour cela offrir qcq chose de nouveau. Pas certain que cela soit une bière qui va changer radicalement avec le temps.
Beersiveknown (2889) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from fullers old fishmarket
Pours hazy deep ruby amber with fluffy cream head. Christmas cake nose, rasins and marzipan. Fairly well carbonated body, candied peel then plenty of sweet malt and some yeast esters, perhaps some higher alcohols too, needs a few years.
thewolf (11178) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding. Pours clear amber with a small, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has nice caramel, red currants, grass, mild pine. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, caramel maltiness, grass, red berries, mild vinious. Lingering, nice bitterness. Good.
tiong (3733) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Alko
Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma of sweetish caramely malts, toffee, hints of malts and grassy hops. Taste is malty, syrupy, sweetish and mildly fruity with caramel. Finish is malty and sweetish with some caramel. Okay, quite balanced English Strong Ale.
lopisar (194) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells a little of honey and nuts. Creamy taste, fruits, bread and a bit of alcohol. Not my taste
AndrewsCheese (9) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best I’ve had of the series. I never seem to be able to keep myself from opening these before I’m supposed to. This one has more sweetness than the others. Tons of marzipan sweetness in there with nice blood orange rind without too much bitterness. Love, love, love this beer!