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 (1733) - 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.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. A coarse tiny head with big bubbles clinging to the rim of the glass. Brilliant dark ruby colored body. A bready aroma note at first, set off by a light fruity caramellish malt scent. Taste is light fruity and bitter-sweet. Canned dark fruits, some caramel, a little toasted dark malt, all with an acidulous twist. Dusty, light cardboardy hops. Body is light plus. Finish is faintly bitter and acidulous fruity. Goes well down.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark ruby red pour with a tan head that leaves lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is dark with lots of cocoa, some stale nuts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is very dark as well. Some cocoa, chocolate, caramel, and nut flavors are all throughout the flavor with a slightly bitter, toasted malt finish. A bit thin and watery.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Somewhat sweet flavour with spicy and chemical notes.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out in a clear ruby brown colour with small creamy white foam. Malty aroma of nuts, fudge, cocoa and grass. Medium to full-bodied with notes of nuts, minerals, fudge, wet grass, dried fruits and cocoa. Smooth airy mouthfeel. Medium-bitter finish of nuts, caramel, fudge and dried fruit with a lingering fresh note of minerals. Quite odd, but tasty! Hook Norton is great, really.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a thick beige head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Quite a malty nose, chocolate, and light spices. Strong bitter flavor up front followed by a rush of thick malty sweetness. Finishes kind of dry.
Tmoney99 (11615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good moderate chocolate, spice and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, thin head. Chocolate malt aroma. More malt and chocolate in the flavour. Creamy finish with some hop bitterness.