Sigmund (6116) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle in cardboard box, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle No. 35525. ABV is 8.5%. Amber to copper colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Fairly strong aroma of malts, toffee, raisins and oak. Medium sweet and malty flavour, very pleasant, notes of toffee and raisins again, some oak and moderate hops in the background. Might still develop further with cellaring, but is well worth drinking now.
Bov (11155) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Mondial de la BiŤre 2013, Mulhouse - cloudy dark amber beer with a little foam left; light spicy hoppiness and strong notes of caramel; full-bodied and pretty sweet; some earthy and light tart bitterness; long spicy hoppy finish with long notes of caramel
stravale (2648) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsburyís [Dec 2013]
Dark amber, slight haze, big frothy off white head, dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - sweet caramel, slight sweet fruits, soft alcohol, touch of sherry, slight perfumy aroma
Taste - Soft sweet caramel, soft fruits, marmalade, some alcohol, some spicy hop in there, bit boozy
Palate - soft carb, medium to full body, quite oily. Finish - soft sweet, warming alcohol, bit boozy
Overall - Decent strong ale, but found it very boozy.
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @joes. Copper/Brown color. Smells and tastes malty, grainy, tea, sweet, caramel.
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ joes (mini vertical). Clear orange to amber colour with a small white head. Smells rye, sweet, caramel. Tastes sweeter than the í13 version. Slightly sugary, caramel and tea. Medium body, soft carbo.
Benzai (11841) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. A bit lighter in color than the 2013 version. Aroma and taste malts, tea, leaves, lightly bitter but also a touch of sweetness and some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.
cards04 (2510) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic stuff. Nice thick orange pour with a great sweet toffee aromas. I get a candied citrus type flavor in there too. This is very smooth. Sweet Honey and dried fruit flavors with enough hop presence to keep if from being cloying. Well executed ale.
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber. Thin head. Aroma has alcohol, sweet carckers, marmalade. Earthy sweet little barrel, balanced w orangey hops. Big stuff.
Kita (1674) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottled, 0.50l. Hazy amber orange color with large creamy tan-like head and good lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, dried fruits, caramel malt, vanilla and alcohol. Taste start with rich sweet caramel malt, nuts and strong alcohol, following is fresh fruity with spicy mouthfeel, lingering bitter finish and long malty aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and average natural carbonation in palate. I like these series...
downender (7392) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 49226 from Waitrose. Amber in colour with a decent, off-white head and slight carbonation. Warming alcohol on the nose along, with sweet, jammy fruits and a touch of cereal malt. Not too full in the mouth, with more sweet red and orange fruits, solid malts and a bitter finish, with more alcohol warmth. Enjoyable.