BlackHaddock (4400) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear 500ml bottle claiming to be a Hardy & Hansons beer brewed in Bury St Edmunds by Greene King: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Dec 2013. Taken with a meat platter of Wiltshire Ham, German Peppered salami and a Pork Pie!
Good looking beer, huge head of lightly tanned foam on top of a clear mid-mahogany body.
Malty feel to the aroma with a toffee apple hint.
The taste is also malt led, with a fruity trace. There is a mild Christmassy spiciness but not enough to get excited about. Originally a 5.0% ABV beer I believe, it needs that extra alcohol and the oomph it would give to this OK brew.
This is just better than average for a mass produced UK Winter brew, but it could be so much better if they’d kept too the higher alcohol level IMHO.
leaparsons (8478) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Ruby red brown with a thin foam. Aromas are woody and nutty with toffee and hints of red berries. Earthy with some plastic. Flavours are raisins and red berries with bitter lemon and herbal notes. Woody with toffee and spices. Carbonated with a dry finish. Pretty average.
thellgren (337) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.5 l bottle from local supermarket. Dark red-brown colour, nice head. Taste has at first malts and then nicely amount of hops. Maybe a hint of some Christmas fruits also.
brnandersen (2241) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml. bottle. Clear, amber colour with a golden tint. Small, off-white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malts, caramel, nuts and fruits. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Short, dry finish with a herbal bitterness and toasted malts. Pleasant - and that’s it.
SarkyNorthener (2562) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Tesco. Chestnut beer with quickly fading head. Aroma is fruity malts. Taste is malts, fruit and caramel. Nothing great about this.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear ruby with loose finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Raisin, syrup, bread dough, hay/grassy, caramel note.
Taste: Low sweetness and sourness, medium bitterness.
Palate: Thick grainy texture, light body, low/average carbonation, abrupt bitter astringent malty peppery finish.
Hermod (3638) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
50cl bottle. Deep copper, thin head. Nutty, biscuity, malty aroma. Flavor is quite lame with malt, toffee, metal. Short, bitter finish.
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Rasmus40 (12345) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Havnens, Vejle. Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light nutty. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 291113
liinis (1612) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
malty sweetish but still watery and grapefruity refreshing and bitter. copper clear colour, white small head that diminishes totally.
k0mpsa (1475) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear dark red color, small white head. Light malty aroma, little roasty and spices. Malty body, spices, some roasty.