AshtonMcCobb (3937) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl.
Appearance - copper with steady bubbles and a nice head.
Nose - sultanas and prunes, even something almond on the end. Dundee Cake.
Taste - crystalised oranges and more cake,
Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a long elegant finish.
Overall - a really well made ale. Power with restraint!
allmyvinyl (6345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 81329 from the brewery online shop. Clear amber, thin long-lasting white head. Aromas of fresh fruit-cake, if that makes sense, orange, marmalade, slightly chalky note. Mineral repeats on the taste, with more cake and orange sweetness. Caramel. Just a well-made English Strong Ale.
Beerhammaren (1334) - FINLAND - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
.5l bottle @ Harryís
Pours clear red with low white head. Aroma is nuts, alcohol, fruits, sweet malts, banana notes, herbs. Flavor is alcohol, nuts, caramel notes, almond notes, raisin and caramel.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with light cereal notes and subtle residual sugar notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by lightly caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes and some cereal notes. Body is about full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with great mastering of malt profile with limited hops presence. I did prefer this version than the 2012 version.
gam (3605) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium off white head rich misty pink salmon pour medium carbonation aromas toffee caramel raisin alcohol cherries the flavours caramel dried fruits plums cherries brandy stone fruit a bitter note nice sweetness just lacks some body the finish good fruits involved alcohol malts very drinkable ale
blankboy (6589) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle (500ml). No. 056219] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Surprisingly mild aroma, fruity and malty, along with some perfumy notes and just a hint of wood and hops. Flavour is also malty and fruity along with some light wood and hops. A bit watery. Alcohol is well hidden. Average to medium bodied. Less complex then some years but easy to drink and pleasant.
AndySnow (4846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, raising, some alcohol.
Hermod (4364) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle, Alko. Nr #029223. Deep mahogany color, thin white head. Honey sweetness, marmelade and ripe fruits in aroma. Marmelade in flavor as well, raisins, plums. Very smooth, warming finish. Not very complex, but I like the smoothness, enjoyable to drink.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy, deep apricot amber with a thin offwhite head. Citrus and caramel notes. Lively carbonation. Sweet up front. Moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is evident, but not over powering. Nice.
mathieuc (2192) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one I got thanks to czar. Pours a nice and clear copper with not much of a head but what is there leaves some nice lacing. Nose is of raisins and brown sugar, some alcohol. Taste is sweet but also bitter, caramel and dried fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not disturbing. Body is medium-full, carbonation low. Mouthfeel is oily x syrupy and really just nice for a barleywine. Good one!