leaparsons (7074) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown and red with a small off-white head. Aromas are earthy, peppery and medicinal with molasses. Woody with hints of chocolate. Flavours are sweet dark syrup with cola. Herbal with earthy, smoky notes. Dry and spicy on the finish. Good.
hughie (3994) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Fin for this bottle direct from Britainís most innovative brewery. Dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is a solid sweet caramel malt with evanescent hints of lemon pomade and ash. Taste has sweetness and spices (Jan is right about the cardamom) nicely balanced, followed by a forceful tobacco and elastoplast bitterness. As enjoyable as I expected.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brown brew with a beige foam. A very spicey aroma with big hints of clovey sweetness.
A slight smokiness in the mouth balances the offensive spices from the nose. It has an unsettling finish, giving me a numb tongue as if I had just been to the dentist. In fact it had a the root beer twang of the mouthwash at the dentists too. The spicing is relatively calm and balanced but I have had far better.
Fin (6180) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I picked up from the brewery 23-01-09, and consumed 27-01-09 Pours chesnut colour with a white head. The aroma is subtley spicy but also with a touch of earthy hops as well. taste is really quite decent, I get a little blast of prune juice, some ginger, toffee and then the sweet malts flood through, also noting some nutmeg or similar in the mouth. Quite juicy and a touch of yeast showing at the end, nice beer. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV14 3.6
fonefan (29292) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) @ New Oxford, Manchester M4, UK. Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, roasted, moderate to light heavy cardamom, notes of clove. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. (170108)