jtclockwork (11029) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Benzai - Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of cocoa, dark sugar and touch of dry liquid smoke - lighter bodied. Pretty good for the style.
niquillis (1835) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Grainstore Brewery, Oakham. Pours dark ruby with light tan head. Initial sour, then smokiness, then thin wishy wash. More dry smoke, some dark fruit. Good then, average, then good. In and out like a fiddler’s elbow.
superflyguy (431) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
travelled a long way to sample it. worthwhile, and another county closer to gold!
canddw (50) - - APR 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark ruby beer with foam head and light fizzy carbonation. Nose is chocolate, iron, yeast, smoke, nuts, earth. Taste is earthy, hay, chocolate with a tangy, smokey finish. palate is a little watery but otherwise pleasant. A simple but nice beer.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Martinus (3856) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brilliant dark reddish brown colour, dissipating white head. Malty aroma, lots of caramel. Sweet malty flavour, caramel. Quite thin. Finish caramel.
(from 50cL bottle @ home)
ianwelby (767) - SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark ruby beer with a reasonable, bubbly beige head. Aroma is of fruit and chocolate and the flavour has some of that as well though it’s tempered by some lighter, tangy fruit flavours (some apple in there, maybe, as well as a touch of citrus) to balance it out. You could very easily session this at that strength as it’s really quite tasty.
vipinvelp (2885) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, light brown lacing, lasting creamy lipsticking foam head. Chocolate in aroma, some smokey tones. Complex taste, nice, some bitterness, some chocolate, light green fruit notes. (Velp 201503)
goozen (3417) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,5ltr: Very dark brown colored brew with an slightly bitter taste, hints of chocolate and some liquorice.
Alengrin (3368) - BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2015 Dark mild from Rutland in England, from a very English 50 cl bottle bought online; apparently has something to do with a black panther, an animal I would not immediately associate with this docile style of beer. Irregular, pale greyish white, loose, milky head over a very dark ruby brown beer, clear. Aroma of autumn leaves, caramelized vegetables, freshly baked brown bread, candied figs, freshly plowed earth, chicory, diluted coffee, hazelnuts, toasted bread, perhaps a hint of iron, dried plums, grass, old cookies. Litterally ’mild’ taste as expected from the style, subdued ’dried’ fruitiness, sourish touch with a slightly drying effect, soft carbonation; thinnish body, a tad metallic, which is kind of compensated with a good deal of nutty and caramelly maltiness, becoming more roastedly bitterish in the end, like the ’surrogate’ coffee made of chicory my grandmother used to consume since the last World War, smooth, with a spicy touch and a finish of lingering nutty and eventually even chocolatey malts countered by leafy and earthy, even somewhat peppery hop bitterishness with medium duration. A bit maltier and hoppier than expected from this particular style, but still very traditionally English and in that sense a good representation of it. Pours down easily, nothing offending here, and the roasted bitter touch and leafy hops do sting a bit in the end, making this all the more interesting. In all: a nice and enjoyable example of an otherwise ’simple’ and not very ambitious beer style. Have a point for that.
CH-303 (1673) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New English county, Rutland (44/46):
Appearance: Dark brown, clear. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, slightly roasted. Molasses.
Taste: Dark malt, tar, roasted. Some sweetness. Good balance.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 500 ml, £1.95
Info: 16/1-2015, 67/300M, BB: 31/7-2015