Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown-black body topped by a small tan head. Kind of stout-ish roasted malts do not get along with fruity vinous notes. Somewhat corky even if still a few months away from the expiration date. Carbonation was way too much for the frail body. Dry finish. Weak and lame. If this is any indication of how vigorous the men from Norfolk are, the dildos business must be booming over there.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Porter/3 pistoles like dark, the ring of lace was sort of off-grey.
Quite corky, a tad of smoke that dissolved quickly, and a very vinous aroma that had some sweetness in it, kind of like a port.
Dry and to the point (maybe a little too much so), with plenty of roasted, maybe even black patent malt (something you donít see to often in my neck of the woods). Band-aid finish suggest we unfortunately got an infected bottle. It lacked body and definition (I know itís a mild, but it was still too thin).
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
My Bottom Line:
Overwhelmingly dusty yeast and meek vinosity clash with the roasted malts. These cannot be the heralded Men of Norfolk.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam seeps into the darkest brown.
-The fruitiness is overcome by that prevalent dust.
-The body is frail, which just canít conceal the stale finish.
-The stoutish maltiness underneath must be pleasurable when itís not bothered by the aforementioned dustiness.
Bottle; best before May 2007.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled on 9/20/06 best by Dec. í06: Pours a still, viscous dark mahogany. Has an interesting floral soy and spruce aroma with some dark fruits. Body starts full, but with little sweetness and some earthy tartness before a drier soy and spruce finish. A unique brew, but could use a touch more sweetness.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Burton Winter Fest 07. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are malty with chocolate and oats. Smoky with sweet mollasses. Flavours are malty with plain chocolate bitterness and roast malts. Some berries, quite vinous. A good dark ale.
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked, thx to Enjoyit. While last bottle was a good one, this had done some effort to be undrinkable. It looked nice, a dark brown beer, almost clear, with a small, tan to beige head. Quite oily pour. The aroma was the best part, but for someone disliking oxidation, it wouldnít be nice at all. The beer was roasted, but an oxidized, almost sherry-like aroma dominated. In the mouth it felt more sour than oxidized, but the oxidation was very evident, leaving some roasted flavors in the background. Full-bodied and unfortunately slightly astringent. Yes, itís drinkable, but the bottle I tried last time was a completely different story. Too bad. Rating: 6-4-4-3-9-2.8. Leaving my old rating as the valid one.
Bottled, 75cl with champagne cork. A clear-looking dark reddish brown beer with a nice tan head. It has lots of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma, as well as roasted malt. Some sourness, roasted malt and some dark chocolate and burnt notes in the flavor. Dusty, dryish mouthfeel, but a bit too watery. The beer starts very good, the aroma can be enjoyed for a long time, but sadly itís downwards from there. A quite nice beer anyway. (070213)
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Dark brown colour with a reddish brown hue. Small to medium-sized beige head. Nutty and yeasty aroma with noticeable alcohol and raisin aroma. Leathery. Distinct roasted barley flavours. Dry English bittering hops. Smooth texture and a drying powdery sensation on the tongue. Lightly sour in the finish, but from roasted malts mostly.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium light brown head. Barely translucent dark brown, seemingly black, body with carbonation. Sweet, oily sugary aroma of licorice; powerful, yet harmonic and balanced. Light, burnt wooden caramel taste, somewhat dry and acidic. A bit watery, like so many English microbrews. Grainy caramel aftertaste. Interesting, but not great. (0.75l bottle. Thanks to KnutAlbert.)
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour, small beige head. Bitter chocolate and dark fruits aroma. Espresso flavours marry with bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Full-bodied. Nice
KnutAlbert (5546) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Real Ale, Twickenham. Dark beer with beige head. Sweet, malty smell.
Treackle, tar, a little hoppy bitterness. Some old ale type of sourness. A bit on the thin side, perhaps.