neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours clear caramel with a smallish tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of caramel and toasted malts, along with hints of fruit, perhaps strawberry, and touches of herbs and forest. The flavour is quite interesting; it begins moderately sweet and becomes more so, with woodsy, piney notes along with big caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. It closes with a moderate sweet finish that also has hints of earth, spice and bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Scots pine ale that pairs rich malty sweetness with a hint of piney woodsiness. The sweetness does become a bit much after a while, but it would make for a nice dessert alternative. 2013-02-21
McSherman (187) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bewertung importiert von bier index:
8 / 7 / 6 / 6 / 5 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 65
Mesjasz (65) - Lodz, POLAND - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear orange color, medium head. Weak sweet malty and yeast aroma, along with raspberry and resin. Taste medium sweet, low bitterness at finish. Some herbal, pine and bread notes in flavor.
60minuteman (945) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle marked 12/10. Pour is decadent: cloudy orange-brown with white head and lace that vanished. Smell is fruits, berries, pine, alcohol, yeast and wheat. Tastes similar to a starburst. I imagine it’s the sugars that have been fermenting for too long.
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy burnt amber with frothy off-white head. Lots of trub and sediment. Aromas of malt, yeast, oak, and pine. Flavors of sweet malt and yeast. Slightly dry and pine sap finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable, though not complex. Akin to a heavy dunkel.
hawthorne00 (2636) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 16C. Amber with less than a coat of beige head. Aroma of honey, bread, pine, herbs. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sweet toasty and honeyed, apricots, some lemon, complex medicinal and woody notes. Mellow digestif sort of a beer that’s quite interesting but maybe a little well mannered.
Stuu666 (4856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours amber, nose is sweet pine, caramel, taste is similar, quite sweet.
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruity aroma immediately reminding me of certain Belgian yeast characteristics. Perfectly clear amber in appearance. Taste is malty bready sweetness. Herbal notes come in at the end. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing to write home about either.
AtronSeige (777) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Medium-light wood, forest, Light spices, malt sweetness.
Appearance: Body: Clear, amber. Head: almost none, tan.
Flavour: Medium-high woody, pine, medium herb (spruce?). Medium bitterness. Light malty. Dry, herb-like finish with lingering flavours.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, Medium-high, creamy carbonation.
Overall: Very nice. Strong flavours and aromas, but not overpowering. Good malt support. I would bring the body up a bit, to balance the herb dryness.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
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Idiosynkrasie (4376) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle [Thanks to Nico and Alex]. Murky golden to amber colour with small, creamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, grey-ish white head. Fruity aroma has a touch of condensed, sirupy pineapple, a herbal hoppy touch, gummy bear character. Taste is initially moderately sweet, close to white gummy bears, notes of pineapple, a herbal and woody touch, spruce; dry, fresh woody finish. Unusual, but not my cup of tea.
leebotton (265) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
How: Bottle (end date: Apr 2015)
Where: from Brewers Droop, Bristol
Blood Alc: 0 mg/100ml
The first aromas apparent to me as I open the bottle is of chelsea buns and sickly sweet lightly fllavoured cherries glazed with lemon. Aroma is boozy on the pour with a lot of fruity, earthy caramel sweetness. Now in the glass, the nose is a bit overpowering in the sense of the booze and grain lacking the more subtle aromas of more delicate sweet fruits and icing earlier. There is a freshness coming through on the nose though, but shielded by the other features. This beer poured much cloudier than expected to a murky brown, head is white and reasonable enough.
Flavours are wood, fruit, some malt and close to the end comes that slightly zingy freshness, reminiscent of lemon, from the spruce. Again though, the malty complex fruitiness is quite overpowering and overshadows the subtler flavours which I feel the beer is really trying to showcase. The sense of cherry comes back at the very end and a strangely high bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel is as expected - neutral, I get the sense that somehow this beer doesn’t quite know which way it’s going, as though it’s trying to be light and dark at the same time - in some cases, such as with many Black IPA’s I have tried, this apparent beery contradiction can work very well, but here, it comes across confused and overcomplicated in my opinion.
I would consider this a distinctly average high ABV beer, maybe even a bit below. Sorry guys.