McNeillR (979) - SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bold hoppiness with gassey tinged nose under a rusty body with feverent carbonation. Big lava pour on the first dust, eventually simmers in the bottle to a more mellow vibe.
Stern metallic kiss to the initial taste, vibrant all angles malt and a neat bite of skin thin hop crunch. Showy midrange with a wee zoom back to a pudding malt sweetness for the finish.
More impressive than I had thought and it would need to be, considering it is shelved alongside bottles of wine for the M&S deal. My Da informs me that these are normally gone by lunchtime any day of the week. Personally I’d prefer a thin bottle of Cabarnet.
Bottle, Christmas Present from my Da, Christmas 2012
joe19612 (1747) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a mid brown colour with a medium size white head, real fruity aroma the taste is the bitter with hops and fruit with a dry finish.
Hanoi (296) - - FEB 23, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Caramel on the nose witha hint of nut. Light brown without head. Thetaste was caramel and malt, touch of bread. Slightly thin mouth feel.
The beer is bland, offering little to bring one back.
SarkyNorthener (1420) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml caged corked bottle. Deep red amber in colour, with thin residual head. Faint berry aroma. Taste is of dry bitter berries and a touch of hops. A little too thin in the body. Not one I will be running to again.
mile (2744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate malty and lightly sweetish aroma, some caramel with light berry fruitiness, faint hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light berry fruitiness. Finish is short to average, malty and lightly sweetish with light caramel and roasted malt, light hoppyness. Nothing special - not too sweet though.
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to me. Pours clear copper with a fine, fleshy foam head. Faint toasty pine nose, light caramel. Light sweet flavor, further mellow caramel malts, faint bread. Light to medium bodied with high, mouth-filling carbonation. Lightly drying finish with faint orange citrus, dry and wimpy toasty caramel. Kind of bland overall, though not offensive.
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Leighton, 30/12/12.
Lightly hazed reddish brown with a thin tan head that clears to a film.
Nose is caramel malt, light grapefruit, sugars, background hops.
Taste follows, caramel malt at the fore, touch of pine, bitter tropical fruit notes.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, some bitterness in the dryish finish.
mR_fr0g (2005) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Brown ruby red colour thin white head. red berry mineral chalk aroma. slight caramel and thin. very dry finish palete.
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso New Year 2012/13. clear reddish brown colour with lasting beige head. its ok ish not great
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Malty hazelnut aroma, caramel, hop notes, vinous, honey notes, some medicine. Malty mineral flavor, nutty, floral, some medicine.