Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/reddish pour with a frothy white head which holds. Citrus, pine, berries, malty sweetness (subdued). Good carbonation but a bit soapy. Nice overall.
scotty (1094) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Was really looking forward to this, so imagine my disappointment when I opened the bottle (after a long, shitty day at work!) and the contents erupted all over the kitchen worktop, floor and sink. I’ve been left with a centimetre of headless murky amber beer, with loads of "floaters", cant say I’m looking forward to this! Certainly smells ok, well hopped! This is also the case on the palate, the 6.2% is also noticable. Quite nice, shame about the disastrous start. There’s nothing on the label to suggest this is bottle conditioned, and it doesn’t seem to be infected as the "floaters" have now all sunk to the bottom, so I guess this was one of the last bottles out of the vat! Nice beer, but not impressed!
...... a couple of hours later and I’ve just been on the brewery website and it IS bottle conditioned, they just dont say it on the label!!
.......I’ve just re-read the description above and the first line says "bottle conditioned" !!! Well Done Gavin!!
jeevan (140) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really like this. I like this style. Pours with a lovely big smooth fluffy head and amber appearance. A nice hoppy aroma, though not over stated, that invites you in to quite a big rich flavour for a relatively low ABV. The bitterness level is just great...big, how I like it in this style. I know I’m drinking a 6%r but I just want to gulp it it down and relish it. For me this is comfort drinking for the autumn season and the encroaching winter. Possibly the most interesting beer I’ve ever bought out of Sainsburys, and at just £1.25 a bottle, a snip.
Fancy_Clown (15) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Resin/pine hop character on the nose,
Deep amber color, with a thick frothy head which is retained long past the pour; this is a really nice looking beer.
Taste is soapy/piney/citrus with not much of an aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for me, though it’s far from watery, so that’s a plus.
Overall a very pleasant beer.
Nilz (460) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s pours a slightly cloudy dark reddish ale with an off-white creamy head. Aroma of hops citrus and a bit of toffee. Taste an assertive bitterness predominates, more one to savor not quaff down! Give it a try, I kind of liked it.
Holmen1 (3644) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske på RB samling hjemme (takk til Ivar): eksemplarisk fint skum, en "tørr" aroma med rips og tyttebær! Stor munnfylde og en særdeles rikholdig smak. Her har de ikke spart på hverken humle eller malt, og de har truffet særdeles godt med blandingen. Skamgod, for å uttrykke seg oxymoronisk.
abemorsten (3265) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle kindly shared by Ivar. Deep caramel colored body with a dense beige head lingering as a film. Sprucy grassy hops and tropical dried fruits on the nose. Medium to full bodied. Smooth. Mellow fruity bitter flavors.
zimbo (766) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light nose. Rusty Brown. Big fluffy off white head. A real zing on the palate. Dry hard stone end. Decent carb. Decent hop quality.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Bottled 12/10/13. A dark brown to russet coloured beer with a whitish head. Hoppy with sweet ashy bready notes. An odd beer in many ways. There are candy sugar notes. High bitterness as well. It’s nice but a bit eccentric. Score 3.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.3, 2.9, 3.7 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.4
culchiem (3050) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber with a large tan head, ok lacing. Aroma is a little metallic. Flavour is bitter marmalade on a long extremely dry bitter base.