Cimbasso (406) - - SEP 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear copper colour with a thick head which dissipates quickly. Sweetish aromas of caramel and vanilla. The taste is sweet, with the maple syrup quite well-blended into the other sweet, caramel flavours. Some oakiness (from the cherrywood?) and hints of vanilla and berries. Rather too sweet to be easily drinkable, and rather under-carbonated. The artwork is nice, but the beer is not particularly memorable.
BeerViking (3334) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Aldi, reddish dark brown with a fast-settling head, punchy sweet and alcoholic nose with notes of maple syrup. Initially rather too sweet, a woody, toasty and drier midbody then moderates the sweetness a little, but not enough. The finish is an intriguing but not entirely appealing mix of cloying and dry-bitter with a vanilla note. The painting on the box is excellent, though.
redders1974 (453) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from aldi like every I and g I’ve tasted it flatters to deceive sounds good on the bottle smell the part then is flat and overly sweet no more I and g for me no matter how much they tempt me in with delightful sounding concoctions
nihtila (1928) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.2.2015. Clear ruby. Aroma has caramel, oak, vanilla, berries. Not overly sweet oaky. Taste has berries, caramel malts, oak, slight alcohol. I quite like this.
minutemat (2760) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle @ 11th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Feb 15. Apparently aged - thanks Mike! Sour kola kubes aroma. Taste continues.. not actually too bad, but still bad.
dchad56 (178) - - FEB 6, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Steady aroma - pours clear copper with inch white head which soon disappears to a thin line. No fizz. Very smooth and sweet - though too sweet for me.
Sigmund (5835) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml clear bottle in cardboard box, from Vinmonopolet. BB July 2014. ABV is 8.3%. Cloudy reddish amber colour, pours fizzy with a small short-lived head, slightly off-white. Sweetish aroma with notes of caramel, raisins and dark dried fruits, notes of "oak" (cherrywood, of course). Sweet flavour, too sweet maybe, loads of caramel, maple syrup and dark dried fruits, also cherrywood, minimal hops. Okay, but probably not something I would buy again.
Scopey (9771) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BROWN bottle from Aldi. It pours clear mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is pretty damn sweet, malt-driven, brown bread, wood, treacle, syrup, caramel and cola. The taste is sweet, toasty, caramel, cola, maple syrup, plenty of vanilla, wood, sugary and some alcohol heat with a sweet, sticky finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Tastes a lot like coke vanilla, except gives you a boost. Too sweet for sure, but not as bad as I had feared!
ts743 (8) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2015 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Aldi, poured into a glass. Nice rich, dark hue, looks a lot like a glass of coke! Very drinkable, perhaps due to its overwhelming sweetness? Hints of banana and caramel. Nice, but not standout.
Pyobon (1147) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 7.4% not 8.3% ABV) Clear golden amber, small off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel with vanilla and maple hints. Medium body with good carbonation. Great taste - the sweetness has very interesting notes, I would have guessed at honey, but presumably it’s maple syrup. There are some gentle wooded notes adding balance and plenty of interest to the taste. There’s some pleasant rather restrained bitterness in the finish which is sustained and takes with it some of the interesting and unusual flavours. An excellent and unusual beer.