bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, plum, chocolate, figs, and nuts. Flavor of mild hops (pine, earthy), roasted malt, and caramel.
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep brown almost black pour with a beige head. nose of nuts, smoke and roasted malts. very nutty flavor with some smoke in the finish.
jimhilt (2515) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Opaque mahogany color. Roasted coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty/roasted coffee. Slight bitterness at finish. $6.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Clear. Tall light beige head that clings to the glass. Strong raisiny toffee aroma. Hints of cacao and dark chocolate. Powdery dry texture. Strong flavours of licorice and dark chocolate. Dark burnt caramel. Dry bitterness from roasted malts and clean English hops. Wonderful dark complexity. Raisins and caramel. Excellent beer for those dark and cold days at the end of the year.
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby color with a thick beige head. Spice & roasted caramel for aroma. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Rich caramel with citrus and spice for flavor. It is suggestive of a quad with regard to malt or maybe there’s some chocolate. Finish is astringent more than anything else. I’d drink it frequently, were it available.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 30th Sept 08. Chestnut brown with a thick cream head. Looks great. Caramel malt nose, joined on the tongue by orange and spices. Good bitterness at the end of the swallow.
omhper (22327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
<i>Bottled. </i> Mahogany colour, small creamy head. Restrained roasty/fruity nose. Medium sweet wit hsolid body and well rounded mouthfeel. There’s roasty malt with undertones of raisin. Salty bitterish finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20081229 500ml bottle from Spirits on Sunset. Random bottled UK ales are not the sort of thing I usually buy, but it looked relatively new and fresh on the shelf and the bottle and label are pretty cool so I figured what the heck. Dark mahogany brown with medium sized, spongy tan head that lasts. Aroma of dark fruits, dried fig, toasty nuts. Flavor and palate an unusual progression of bitter, sweet, then bitter again. Roasty bitterness up front, soothing, sweet malts across a shockingly quick middle, and finishing with an earthy, roasty, cocoa, and alcoholic punch. Interesting beer and seemingly in good shape which is a nice treat from a UK beer.
wheresthepath (1920) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[500ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Ruby-black with a moderate and rapidly diminishing creamy head. Annoyingly prickly carbonation. Dusty mineral bitterness to the fore from the off. Behind it there’s a little chocolate, smoke, liquorice and hazelnut, and maybe some blackberries. Quite a thin texture, yet leaves your mouth rather sticky. Aftertaste is still dominated by the mineral flavour. Feels like an interesting beer has been ruined by the mineral taste and high carbonation - maybe they should try bottle-conditioning it? Would be interested to see how much better the cask version is.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Very dark red/brown pour with a smooth off-white head. Slight burnt chocolate, and sharp mineral flavor. Thin bodied, with a hard mineral finish, really nothing going for this beer. I just dont get much out of this beer, malts are thin and lifeless and there just is not much to this beer, just a bad minerally and almost metallic mess.