Dervock (532) - Emu plains, - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - pours hazy dark copper with a big off white head. Orange citrus, honey and some floral notes ( was a bit colder than should have been). Looks of citrus and bitterness with a lighter lingering finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin on the finish.
trith1 (48) - - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber appearance; crisp aroma, yet reminiscent of a horse stable. The hop is clean and warming, which you expect of a winter ale. Palate is complex, perhaps a touch bitter on its own, next time I would couple it with a a richly spiced meal to cleanse and balance the truly earthy nature of the brew. Definitely would drink again, but needs a food pairing. Another feather in the MOA brewing hat. **please roll before opening.
HenriqueBraga (125) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 6, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cerveja estava claramente oxidada. Avermelhada / Âmbar, ausência total de espuma. Aroma resinoso e só, não capitei ésteres, o que se repetiu no sabor. Zero de carbonatação, amargor médio, corpo médio-alto. Aftertaste doce.
Capa (2205) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy, rusty hops, with plenty of malt backbone to really prove its English roots. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.
DialSquare (3164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kenny Rd Market. Copper orange pour with a big fluffy light tan head and sudsy stick. Aroma of caramel, orange, spice, floral. Tastes are zesty citrus, floral, toffee, pepper, herbal, berry. Oily palate. Astringent and lightly dry in the finish. Strange brew overall - but interesting.
probstblueribbon (3206) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12.7 oz bottle from BOTW, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Hazy deep amber with a large creamy light tan head and fine floaty bits.
Aroma: Bright citrus hops, a bit woodsy and floral, has an acidic edge, limited bread crust/biscuit malt character, lightly fruity.
Palate: Medium body, relaxed carbonation.
Flav.: A bit maltier than the nose, with a bit of caramel/toffee as well as breadiness, citrus hops with an herbal twang, still lightly acidic (mild infection??), light fruity esters; dry with fairly good bitterness and a balanced finish.
Not bad. Not as good as I was hoping for.
waiake (326) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Pours hazy dirty brown fine hoppy citrus sort of fizzy taste goes down real nice lovely tangy aftertaste lingered for ages
nezzapunk (18) - - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 500ml, good reddish thick appearance, good level of fizz and good frothy head, taste is little bit lacking but it is well balanced , kind of like a full bodied ale with hint of citrus notes and bit malty but not in your face style, finish is quite clean but with a little bit of roasty notes.
minutemat (1994) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, courtesy of myself. Bought at Utobeer. Pours a hazy reddish amber with nice citrus aroma. Taste is citrussy with lemon, lime, grapefruit & gooseberries, smoothly presented and enjoyable. The most vibrant ESB I think I’ve ever had.
BlackHaddock (4510) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork and caged .375 litre bottle: cheers Mat for bringing this to the Oct 14 Shrewsbury bottle swap. Misty pour to the amber/orange body, the topping a beige affair that tried to hang around. Mixed bag of aromas and tastes, a kind of sweet and sour blend with grapefruit and malty molasses coming to the fore. I liked it, different and interesting.
MOFO (27) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Dan Murphys.
I must say, the biggest impact that this beer has had on me is making me review my life and really decide what is important to me after a near death experience. I took this from the fridge, let it sit to get to around 14 degrees, and then twisted the metal cap to anticipate wedging the cork out - instead, after 2 twists to just free it up it blew - knocking a hole in the kitchen ceiling and just missing my head on the way up... The next minute I remember a ringing in my eardrums and my chest feeling the shockwave working out if perhaps I had left the gas on, I realised it was just the beer. Anyway, the 3/5 of the bottle that was left after it had unleashed its contents like Mt Etna, I actually did try to enjoy.
Beer review: Large carbonation (goes without saying) - forming large bubbles which do hold up but with brown colouring in the head - weird. The carbonation creates a metallic taste. The smell is very caramel and vanilla.
Overall - the result is not unlike my first attempts at more complex homebrew - it has a funk to it that I couldnt quite get past. I am writing this one off as a bad bottle, and probably not enough in it to make me rush out to find another one (or risk my life).