ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood Aged Beer (base brew: 17A British Strong Ale)
AROMA: Sweet red fruits; some butterscotch essence; strong vanilla presence from the wood. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Beautiful burgundy hue; clear; CO2 visible. Large off-white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3
FLAVOR: Huge red fruit flavors, akin to fruit punch or sangria. Toffee flavor is quite prominent with butterscotch on the finish. Rum component is subtle, but noticeable and works as a nice complement to the base palette. Slightly metallic presence. 15/20
MOUTHFEEL: Body feels a little light at only medium proper. Slightly crisp, but smooth with a finish that’s probably a little too clean. No alcohol warmth. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not quite as robust as some of the better British strong ales, though the rum component is a nice enhancement. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 36/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
Nicke80 (502) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours amber with little head. Malty caramel aroma with malty caramel taste. Spicy with Alcohol notes.
SamuPadania (6) - Cologno Monzese, ITALY - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Colore bruno, aroma di malto tostato, caramello e miele. Schiuma quasi assente, gusto fruttato e aromato. Good.
TedE (1015) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As Rum Aged, 6.8%. 330ml bottle into pint. Distant peppery smokiness and alcohol aroma. Crystal clear bronze beer with solid creamy head. Full-bodied and oily, smooth. Really really smooth. More subtle than I expected, buttery toffee with hints of rum in the finish. Ridiculously easy drinking. Wow!
Turtles (2065) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, small white head, only some lacing. Malty aroma, toast, caramel and vanilla. Smooth sweet mouthfeel, mild carbonated. Sweet malty taste, vanilla, caramel, sugar, toffee, woody notes and a hint of ginger.
phfyysik (777) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nut brown with light head. Aroma is toffee, nuts, some caramel, dried tropical fruits, some wood. Taste is sweet, nuts, toffee, some old wood, light bitter, creamy, sweet rum, brown sugar. Quite sweet but drinkable beer!
maledictum (755) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby with a small head. Aromas are sweet toffee and berries with floral notes, especially rose. Some metal. Mellow with some woodiness and evident alcohol. Flavours are sweet flat cola with some berries. Molasses with some earthiness. Mellow but rounded.
macio_men (170) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rubinowa, przejrzysta barwa; piana niska. Nasycenie średnie. W smaku wyczuwalny alkohol i nuty (nie wiem jak to inaczej nazwać) drewna. Nietpliwie ciekawe piwo, ale niczego nie urywa.
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very estery, lots of ripe red apples, lots of woody vanilla. Toffee, wood, subtle pineapple. Faint rum-like notes but only in the flavour. Soft, very balanced, finishing light tannic. Very good.
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.8%ABV. English Strong Ale.
Poured out clear dark mahogany. 28ºSRM.
Nose is sweet and floury and for the local aroma notes, smells like red bean soup or paste, azuki. Otherwise, aromas of caramel and butterscotch describe it well enough. There is also a clear sweetness that is like a hard candy. But overall, the aroma of caramel keeps coming through, like kettle corn.
Mouthfeel is watery. Palate is toasted sweet malt with pale malt sweet, in fact, very sweet all the way through, some caramel, Graham cracker and dark honey. An interesting very brief hit of spice in the very front of the palate which fades right away. The remainder of the palate is left to nutty, cracker and biscuit flavors.
No hop finish.
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