ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a bright and radiant tawny copper interspersed with a sparse array of minute bubbles. Compact and tight off-white crown has a satiny sheen to it, holds and laces well. Heavily nutty and rusty nose with licks of dust, old oak barrels, barnyard stale malt, toffee and burnt toast. Quite sweet in the mouth, lots of toffee and caramelised sugars, earth, dust, astringent, tannic malts and heaps of rusty notes in back with an odd lubricating buttery edge. Swallow is just a continuation of the problem. Burnt toast is pronounced mid-palate and in the aftertaste. Frothy, foamy mouthfeel, good body but not big or consuming. Finishable but sadly not pleasurable. Gone is the ’Abbot’! (50cL, no date stamp [fresh shipment], Cellarrations Kinross)
ralphdot (973) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
6.5% deep amber with a thin head, caramel toffee aroma, sweet caramel malt but bitter taste, very nice.
tombyars (1305) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this in the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with hints of raisins. Creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed complex malts deliver a rich christmas cake base laced with moist raisins, ripe figs, soft caramel and maple syrup flavours. There is a slight prickle of spicy hop resins but the aftertaste is extremely short lived as malt returns very quickly. The finish has a sweet sherry like alcoholic edge to it which is silky smooth and very easy to drink. A lovely Strong Ale and one to look out for. Highly recommended and can be exceptional when on form.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A - fruity with alcohol
A - mid orange with thick head
T - light sweet with strong alcohol
P - mid
O - ehhhh...
kwik-lime (1122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Alcohol way dominant in this - some pleasant sweet malt and a hint of fruit showing through - maybe strawberry? But overall not a great beer.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
First drink on the second day at GBBF ’11, had this one from cask at Willis Bar. Crystal clear, amber coloured body. A bubbly ring to the edge of the glass. Modest aroma of dried fruits. Raisin and toffee-caramel in flavour, jam impression. Ok, way too sweet, though. One-third pint was enough at the time (Earls Court, London 03.08.2011).
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No problems with appearance on this one. Looks like a golden amber ale with a fluffy white head that slowly subsides in the glass but doesn’t disappear. There’s notes of alcohol, stewed apricot and other stonefruit evident in the aromas. The flavour is full on strength and then a more subtle flow of those flavours after. There’s a lovely silky mouthfeel and a lingering finish. This is definitely a beer you take your time with.
rlgk (9037) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at GBBF 2011. Golden beer, small beige head. Fruity, malty aroma. Malty flavor, bready, some alcohol.
Terrigar (14) - Basildon, Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint Moon on the Square, Basildon (JDW)
Dark amber with light beige head, good looking pint. Small nose maybe elderflower and bread but surprisingly light given the ABV. Lovely mouthfeel and then wedding cake and lots of malty, citrusy, fruity drinkability. Warming glow slowly spreads after drinking. Could have drunk more of this but given the strength probably best as a session finisher.
Leighton (9646) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Clear, lovely auburn with a foamy, off-white head. Weak nose, some bready malts and sugar. Sweet flavor, some straight malts, sugar, booze, weak leafy bitters. Medium to full in body, warming with soft carbonation. Finishes sweet, semi-boozy, with cake malts. Not too bad.