Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love malty Scotch ales. This one is malty, but also has a bit of a hop bite which, to me, is not a good characteristic for a Scotch ale. There are enough hop monsters out there; while this is no hop monster, I was hoping for a malt monster ala’ Macandrews or Traquair House. This is still a mighty fine ale though, probably the best balance of malt and hops that I have tasted if you want to look at it that way. The ABV is pleasantly warming, as you would want from a Scotch ale on a cold winter’s night by the fireplace.
Jokine (46) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good beer with lots of flavour. You get some good malty sweetness of toffee and vanilla, along with some fruity apple at the end. A bit of warming on the way down, but not to much.
SperkeleForce (133) - FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 50 cl. Pours mahogany, copper red in color with medium bubbly head. Notes of spices, nuts, sweet malts and hops, caramel and toffee, some yeast. Quite nice and interesting. Slight bitter at first but with a sweet smooth finish.
Bif (1021) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, bit of nuts and spice. Taste of caramel sweetness, dark fruit, trace of spice and chocolate. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.. Moderate body, smooth and warming. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable beer. Goes best with a cold evening.
olio (4078) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110226.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, fruits, some nuts and toffee notes. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, nuts, sweet fruits and mild chocolaty notes. Flawless brew but has nothing special to offer.
Braastad (116) - FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear reddish dark brown.
Pleasant sweet, caramelly aroma.
Taste has roasted malts and sugar, light bitterness.
You can sense the alcohol.
jmgreenuk (1271) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark brown with a broken white head and plenty of broken lace. The aroma was fruity and a little sweet, leading to a medium to strong alcohol bitter taste with lots of malt and liqourice, followed by a little additional sweetness too on the palate. The finish is smooth and weak bitter. It’s the palate where all the burning takes place! It’s a nice, heart warming winter ale and good in the Asian heat too when served cool, but the alcohol is starting to dominate this beer more than I would like.
Juusto (31) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(from backlog) Light tan long lasting head. Amber color. Aromas of fruits and caramel. Extra points from the bottle decoration ;)
Jado (249) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark coppery brown - not entirely clear - with some orange highlights and a thin off-white head. Raisins, burnt sugar, dark fruit and malt come through on the nose, as well as a distinct alcohol whiff. The taste is initially quite mild, with biscuit-like malt the main flavour, but then you get a distinct though not unpleasant bitterness at the back of the palate and a little alcohol burn. Medium body and a lingering, sweet and fruity finish. A bit unbalanced, though certainly very drinkable.
Unde (86) - FINLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Strong smell, it is something different but strong. Really soft for a seven % beer. Main taste is gentle and good for a ale. Aftertaste is a mix of alcohol and malts, too powerful alcohol flavor. It is nice however.
rosenbergh (4653) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. BB Mar/2013. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland.
Dark amber colour with some floating pieces and small thick light tan head. Dark fruits, toasted malt, some sweetness and cocoa (?) in aroma.
Flavour is hoppy bitterness, dark fruits, toasted malt and some floral notes. Hmm... I don’t know. Maybe the label artwork is the best this bottle has to offer.