Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(0,5l bottle) Pours with a huge white head. Looks strangly close to a dunkelweiss! Great aroma. Grapefruit, rhubarb, toffee. Taste a bit... old? Fruity but dusty. A beer of high quality, but not really in my f(l)avour.
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear maroon brown with a thin white. Unspectacle. Fruity, lifted nose, very clean malts and estery notes. Slips a gear to taste. Some ok bitterness comes through but the fruit and malts evident on the nose don’t deliver in any way. A fraction metallic and frankly quite boring.
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from sainsburys, pours a dark orange with a nice off white head, caramel and sweetness on the nose and full on fruit in the mouth, toffee, rich flavours, good bitterness towards the end. a very mouthfilling beer, fine stuff indeed
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange colour. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Powerfull hoppy aroma. Nice flavor. Nice bittering to finish.
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours great amber with a slight haze. Small beige head. Dry aroma with a weak fruitiness and caramel. Well carbonated with clear fruitiness and a weak bitterness note. Ends with elderberries and a slight cherry note. The hops lends it a flowery note coupled with hazelnut in the aftertaste.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Warm copper with a modest cap of light tan foam. Taught dried apricots, floral, a touch of yeasty bread. a seamless blend of leathery dried fruit and a slightly chewy breadiness. Dry initially--just a touch of lingering sweetness. To my tastes, this seems like a session strength version of a great English-style barleywine that embodies a lot of the interest of the stronger style, while remaining quite delicate and drinkable. Medium to light palate, but full of flavor and interest. The yeast character of this beer is really interesting. I’d love to try homebrewing with this strain. Having now tried Old Hookey cask and bottle, I like the bottle better. (Heresy, I know.)
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sentimental favourite. Half a lifetime ago, this was my buddy’s regular pint when he and I worked just across the county border in Gloucestershire. We were inseparable for many years until jobs and broken relationships drove us to different parts of the globe. I drifted to Australia while he fell for another woman and destroyed his world for her - wife, kids, friends all gone... His parents didn’t talk to him for two years. Nothing was ever the same. I saw him a few years ago for the first time since his personal cataclysm and he carried heavy scars. The beer: bottled bitters are inevitably pale reflections of the cask versions, but this is better than most. It looks great - lucid copper with a tall wash of suds painting the glass. The aroma is corrupted by pasteurisation but retains some of the cask’s ripe fruitiness. Otherwise it shows boiled sweets, Ginger Nut biscuits and port. Nice soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Lots of crystal malt toffee notes and nuts balanced by red apple esters and a long bitter finish. To Rossco, wherever you are, may your pint glass always be full, old friend. (500ml bottle from Purvis Cellars, Melbourne)
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottled) Deep, dark reddish amber color with a smallish, tanned head. Mild, toffee-caramely aroma with berry and metal hints. Distinctively berryish, sweetish-caramely flavor with a lingering, smoothly bitter finish, and a hint of licorice and roasted malt. Medium-bodied, slicky and very smooth palate with soft carbonation. Very smooth and easily drinkable, even balanced and pleasant brew in its own ways - it’s just not interesting for someone looking for that something special. Perfect for a dark beer novice, looking for the next step after Kilkenny and Dark Velko.
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber color, small tan head. Minerally metallic aroma with some toffee in it. Malty, licorice flavors, salty-hoppy finish. Mouthfeel slightly thin for an ESB. A bit similar to some Fullers’ products.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The commercial description pretty much reflects it all, except for the full bodied bit. The aroma has some ester fruitiness and toffee malt, and the hops are more evident on tasting. The flavour is quite well balanced making it a good candidate for a sessional beer. A little on the gassy side, but has a nice and reasonably long lasting aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.