GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nut brown w/ a tall, lasting head. Superb lacework w/ a full fluffy canopy lasting the whole drink. Aromas of soured mocha. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers for a creamy cottonball explosion. A dry brew w/ refined flavors and a moderate roast. Theres a defined hop presence that brings it all together and keeps it snug. Bitter cocoa, pot roasted coffee, nuts, tree bark, and leather. The finish is dry w/ a mild souring component. Theres no fruit at all in this brew. Overall: It’s a breath of fresh air. Very English in style, refined yet potent. Pay attention to the finish, the sour and cocoa mingle together playing tag with one another. Very nice! Highly recommended.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark amber / brown with a quickly leaving tan head. The aroma has lots of molasses, toffee, toasted malt and some nuttiness. Medium crisp body with extra amounts of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with the aroma traits, but thinner and lightly metallic. The finish is even more metallic and astringent. A decent aroma here, but the flavor doesn’t live up to it.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown appearance with a ruby tint. A small sized beige head is present. The aroma is quite nice with some chocolate, raisins, molasses, and caramel. The flavor is a bit sweet with some milk chocolate, plums, raisins, and licorice and a hint of nutmeg. This is a complex beer to say the least. And a good choice for #1500!
thegreenrooster (3157) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark red with a large white head. Aroma is full of oily hops and some roasted malts. Flavor is toffee and caramel with some earthyness and finishes bitter. After the swallow it leaves a coffee taste on the tounge. A soild beer for winter sipping.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark ruby, thin head. Fruity floral hops in the nose. Sweet buttery flavour with a lovely dry finish. Didn’t expect much, but this is excellent.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber body witha generous tan colored head. Black cherries, toffee and black tea are in the nose. There is also a hint of anise. The taste has notes of toasted almonds with some bread crust. There is also a little bit of toffee. The body is a little chewy with a nice roasted character in the finish. A decent winter warmer.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Bottle, Tegnérs Gömställe. Filtered orange pour wearing a quickly fading off-white head. Rather earthy malt profile bears a solid toastiness and faded milk chocolate flavors. The support hops also seem to be quickly fading away, leaving little aromas left, a faint floral appeal, yet the bitterness, nutty, leafy remains. Constantly smooth, this is from last winter, but it feels 2-3 years old at least, begun oxidation should sonn bring forward metallic notes I’m afraid and the body starts to get a bit loose.
Earthy, tea-like. Dry palate, but butterscotchy. Soft maltiness, toasty. Strawberry notes, gently herbal. Raising from 2.9 to 3.1.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clear dark amber with a large, creamy, lacy off-white head. Good hoppy aroma, lots of flowery hops, light caramel and toasty chocolate. Medium body, quite smooth, but the flavours are not too pronounced, light herbal hops, caramel and nuts. A solid, smooth finish rounds off a fairly faultless beer.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear ruby with tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt and orange peel. Medium body. Palate: Starts malty and finishes bitter. Nice fruity apricot taste.
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with firm and steady off-white head. Nice malty aroma, a little roasty, dried fruits, and eathy hops. A mild sweetness on the tongue which is balanced by a sturdy bitterness.