larsniclas (5548) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at BrewWharf, London, UK
Dark amber, small off-white head.
Some light aroma from figs and prunes.
A bit thin but fresh with some toffee-flavour.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap@Brew Wharf, Borough, London. Quite decent. Served a bit too cold. Nice nutty caramel, slightly toasty flavours come through as it warms, touches of berry fruit. Slightly stale, dead mouthfeel, otherwise OK.
daniele (5200) - ITALY - OCT 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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SilkTork (5166) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Another offering from Meantime, the adventurous but not always successful microbrewery in Greenwich. The Union of the title refers to a 'fusion of lager and dark beer made from two-row barley malt and Cascade hops.' Or, in other words, an attempt on a pre-Pilsner dark lager, the rare Vienna-style that is perhaps best exemplified by Mexico's Negra Modelo. The result is a stale beer aroma with a hint of sour fruit, then a mouthful of thin homebrew with a rancid Tate & Lyle mucus. This is a terrible beer. It is an insult to put it in a bottle and expect people to pay for and drink it. I'm all for breweries experimenting, and for British brewers to reach for the complexity of some of the continental beers, but failures should be fed to the pigs and not released to the public. If Union was one of the ten green bottles on the wall it should be the first to fall. Picket any shop selling this abomination and demand something interesting - demand chocolate mice, softer loo paper, and good looking students to pack your shopping - but do not put this vile object in your shopping trolley unless you are a masochist.
Re-rate. Union bar, Greenwich. Fly's friend Doug says that the kolsch has more flavour than this. bob says it is a perfect beer for someone who doesn't want a lager and doesn't want an ale. Nice ruby colour. This time round it tastes like an Alt, but without the long bitter finish. Hummm.
gunnar (5128) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a big nice looking off-white frothy head. Rich malty aroma. Taste is moderate sweet barley, with a crisp fresh hoppy addition towards the end. Quite good.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Greenwich Union. Reddish coloured. Hoppy aroma. Sweet flavour with some fruitiness, maltiness and hoppiness. Slightly bitter finish. Balanced.
Sigmund (4948) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika. ABV is 4.9%. Amber colour, large head, slightly off-white. Strong sweetish aroma of malts and stale orange marmalade. The flavour is not too sweet, biscuity and hoppy notes, hints of caramel and some fruit. Not too bad, but I think Meantime preferably should stick to ales.
OleR (4787) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@Hacket, Göteborg. Amber color. Stable offwhite head. Malty, caramel/toffee aroma with a fruity note. Buttery malts in the flavor. Mild bitterness, notes of mild spices. Light to medium body. Bitterish, light malty ending.
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 On draught at the brewpub in Borough. Clear, chestnut brown with a small, but stable off-white head. Very hoppy nose with notes of citrus. Flavours start with caramel sweetness, but is balanced by citrussy hoppiness, ending quite dry. Rather soft. Another highly enjoyable beer from this microbrewery.
Rerated Sep 2006: On draught at Brew Wharf as Meantime Union. Sweet caramel flavours with some nuttiness. Less impressed. (4-3-6-3-10)
Finn (4033) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at The Beer Wharf London SE1 16 Sep 06. Served as Meantime Union. Brown colured. A tiny head. Hoppy aroma. Some caramellish flavour with malty hints. OK to food.