ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A beer it seems I’ve waited my entire life to taste and to be quite honest there’s been plenty of others along the way that top it. Into an English pint, cool but not cold. Looks good, with a big, bubbly, oily-looking pad of white that raised a good ½" from the brim and lasts there to snow over the entire glass. The beer itself a finely carbed, bright golden copper. Lowly toffee and caramel nose with just a touch of orange marmalade. Similar in the mouth with just a little more character that managed ’balance’ with varying degrees of success. Toffee and sweet, ripe oranges upfront, with a flat mid-palate that shows traces of ground-nuts and fades into a region of grassy, spicy and herbal hops that single themself out and manage to single-handedly mar the swallow. Slightly oily in mouthfeel, medium bodied and a little cloying flavour-wise, with the aftertaste showing more grass, herbs and nutty malts that linger long between swallows. Its quite heavy for a filtered, pasteurised beer and I don’t think it pulls off what others have succeeded in, come the bottled bitter market. Not altogether integrated, I hope this one taste better on lees as I plan to visit the brewhouse in a week or two on my visit to the Cotswalds. Average, yet oddly unique tasting bitter. (50cL, 28/10/06, Jandakot Liquor)
dj (440) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 500ml. An amber colour with an average lasting head. Aromas of cirtus, malt and blackberry. Quite sweet taste with hints of caramel and dark fruits. A slightly malty, fruity finish. Full bodied, somewhat syrupy. Average carbonation. Disappointing.
brettly (2) - Ashburton, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally I found Hook Norton and I must say it was a little disappointing. I think the trip fom the Old Dart hasn’t done it any favours. Whilst the beer is still well before the Best Before it really does seem quite subdued. Little on the nose, a slight hint of medium crystal.Hop presence barley there. The palate is harsh and hollow with little length which is a shame as I was expecting a really malty mid palate. Nice bittering to finish.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a thin tan head and an unclear amberorange body. Aroma is mild with a sweet toffee note. The flavor is malty and hoppy with a creamy tone and a vague bitterness in the finish. Not an outstanding beer but nice and easy and good if you are in the mood for it which I was!
onystrom (1315) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful clear amber color with great head. Hoppy and bitter. An ordinay ESB
saxo (13328) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden, small head. Has a fruity aroma, and fruit is there in the flavor as well. Sweetish and a little dry.
HenrikSoegaard (9995) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Powerfull hoppy aroma. Nice flavor. Avearge finish. Orange colour. A little watery regarding beertype.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice tasting pint with a creamy, thick head. Tasted some liquorice as well as toffee. Pretty bitter aftertaste.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep spicy malt nose. Light amber in the glass with a thinish head. Bitter and thirst quenching at first and rounds out to a slightly sour maltiness. not bad, but not amazing.
scotty (1026) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good robust brew, not too disimilar to the cask version if my memory serves correct! Lovely fruity/malty palate, with a good finish.Guest ale,Morrison,£1.59.