Papsoe (25129) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask) Clear, dark amber with a lacing, off-white head. Lovely fruity aroma. Quite full-bodied with a soft mouth feel and a low carbonation. Lots of dry caramel notes - perhaps even a little burned. Some fruit and vitamin notes. A fairly bitter finish. A very solid ESB. 070208
bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 11/06. Sweet malty caramel aroma, Lovely red/brown/copper colour poured with alovely full head. Complex from the outset. Delicious malt / hop combinations, a fruit/nut smorgasboard. Bitter sweet, great finish, If this was all I drunk for the rest of my life Iíd be quite content
xanti (1) - USA - DEC 12, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
love it! great taste and after taste , plenty of hops - well done papa smurf (the brewer) .
kiwi hops ? not likely !!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a light brown with a white bubbled head. A good rich malty aroma, slightly toasted with a touch of tobacco. Deep earthy qualities to the smooth malty palate and some burnt toffee notes. Damn fine if I do say so.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Extremely moorish ESB styled beer, used to be my favourite of the Galbraiths range but either my palate has changed or the recipe has changed over the years....
In any case itís still a great beer, the citrus twist to it is especially good
Re-rated 24/10/08 seems like this has come full circle, back to the glory days! Rich fruitcake nose, amber colour with gorgeous belgian lace, amazing fruity full bodied mouthful with a lingering bitter finish, so fruity that it makes me think of raisons soaked in some sort of liquor.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber in colour with small white head. earthy malt aroma, woody flavour, typical of English bitter.
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from the cask via beer engine with a sparkler. Pours a deep copper with a medium white head. Aroma has hints of ripe fruit and nutty malt. Palate starts sweet and develops a bitter sweet contrast with a slight hint of alcohol warms before finishing on firm satisfing bitterness. A pint to beware of. Very nice.
omhper (17561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the brewpub. Reddish copper colour. Hay aroma. Sweet, fruity and caramelly. Boldly malty with near full body and a somewhat raw mouthfeel . Distinct very salty finish.
JoeMcPhee (7671) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Deep golden colour. Big earthy and citrusy hop aroma. There are also some woody notes overlying the light caramel malts. Flavour is slightly sweet, earthy and woody hop flavour. Nice full body. Slightly sweet, but balanced finish.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Tasted 23/02/2005 with Grandmaster. Pint glass handpumped from the cask at Galbraiths.
A sweet tasting bitter this one. Deep coppper red in colour with a large off-white, almost tan, creamy head. The sweet malty nose is followed by a full bodied mouth warming rum like flavour (almost brown ale-ish). The palate is pleasantly woody and smokey. Each pint is a single course in a five course meal. Yum yum, Wellington really misses out on not having a Galbraiths.
Re-rated 23/03/2005 - dropped some marks for consistency as it was a touch soapy and lighter in body this time.
Note: I think some of the ratings in here for this (for yellowy, lighter bodied, hoppy beer) are meant to be for the Bob Hudson Bitter.