Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great dark malt character without being ham-handed. Mildly smoky roast ale aroma. Bronzy brown, like soda where the ice has melted. Good bottle, decent label. Dryish. Edgy acidity without being too strong, cocoa, parched roastiness. Long coffeish finish. Some candy flavors, but definitely not sweet - cocoa, toffee, some diacetyl. I really appreciate my buddy sneaking this back into the states from the CAMRA festival in Hove. Medium weight. I dug it.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
CASK: Slight sulfury nose, ruddy copper color, low head. Sweet caramelly malt with low bitter that is slightly drying. Odd British-style ale that didn’t quite do it for me.
YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask - I did not like this one. Little layer of a head on the amber colored brew. Band aid nose. Clay toffee taste, stale.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Lots of bread/coffee/caramel, nuts, alcohol tingle at end, soft finish. On cask. Very drinkable. Nice.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Malty, nutty, chocolatey with notes of raisins. Balancing bitterness. Highly drinkable.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Toffee mixed with butterscotch. Definately not hoppy. Caramel. Sweet. Probably needs a rerate.
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper with a weak head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of peat. It’s also heavily sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The flavor isn’t overly sweet (the aroma would have fit a cloyingly sweet beer, so it wouldn’t have been unexpected), but does have a cake-like malt quality that complements the aroma nicely. There’s virtually no bitterness. The body is a bit thin, however.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colour with small off-white head. Strong malty nose with hints of oak and whisky. Flavor has some smoke, but also some sweetness.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a medium brown color, with a fast fading, thin tan head. Watery mouthfeel, thin body. Not very redeeming for a Scottish ale.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep bronze/brown colour. Smoky, peaty aroma. Perhaps a trifle underdeveloped. Mainly malty flavour, but with some bitterness in the background , a touch of caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Fairly full body, but drinks easily. Not too sweet. Nice enough. Cask (handpump) at the Magpie and Crown, Brentford..