olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Olutravintola, Tampere.
Originally rated on 20100115.
Pours deep dark red colour with small head. Aroma of sweetish caramel malts, spices, ripe fruits and stuffy grain. Flavour of caramel malts, grain and toffee. Well balanced but not as good as last year.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.
Dermi (894) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl, bottled. Pours cloudy red with a tiny white head. Aroma: Root cellar. Potato sack. Vegetables and herbs, hints of juniper. Nice. Tobacco. Nuts. Coffee and dark chocolate. Taste: Roasted malt. Nutty. Some sweetness, sensible coffee like bitterness. Palate: Medium bodied, a bit thin, oily, too. The aftertaste is almost exactly like in nut butter. Very interesting one.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ordered at CKDC. Date on bottle is March of ’08 and sampled today. Deep mahogany colour with a late-forming 1-finger beige head. The nose is similar to what you might expect from an English barleywine. British noble hops, vinous malts, brown sugar, juniper (duh), dried dark pitted fruits, and mild cocoa impressions. A bit more of the cocoa and brown sugary sweetness are apparent upon the first sip. Grassy and herbal hop notes, tobacco, juniper and figs/dates/dried dark fruit. The palate could be a little fuller, IMO, though the duration is long. I’m glad to have sampled this tasty brew. Kudos to Huvila and CKDC!
ration (2048) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma burnt malts and some fruits. Juniper and spices. Strong palate, slight sweetness. Not Bad.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. reddish brown pour, nutty, dried dark fruits, caramel malts fill aroma & most of flavor. mild bitterness. sort of blah, IMO
tkrjukoff (4229) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old Bricks Inn, Jyväskylä. Pours hazy dark brownish amber with a small bubbly tanned head. Aroma is fruity, nutty, sweet, malty and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, malty, a bit roasted, bitter, spicy and sweet caramel. Finishes malty and bitter.
Leighton (15383) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours a clearish ruby with a bubbly head. Mild fruit nose, some malts. Sweet flavor with ripe and dry fruits, also some brown sugar. Delicious. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild warming finish, toast, more brown sugar, light fruits. As I said, delicious.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50cl bottle thanks to Mora2000) clear gold-orange with a ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of nuts, brown sugar, and rich. Taste of brown sugar, toasty caramel, raw sweet grains, mild oxidation but welcome in this case, and a great palate linger.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to TurdFurgison for picking up this bottle in Chicago at West Lakeview for me. Served in a Val-Dieu chalice.
Poured a fairly-dart brown with a thin light tan head that receded quickly without leaving too much lacing. The nose carried a bit of juniper and darker malts, plus a faint herbal quality. Flavor has a touch of roast and some darkened malt plus juniper and miscellaneous spicing. Not over the top in any direction. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pretty nice brew.