peponi (783) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: roasted and smoked notes, dried red fruits, caramel.
Appearance: clear brown color, nice beige head.
Taste: medium bitterness (heather, herbs), chocolate, roasted caramel, roasted dark malts, slightly acid, dry, roasted nuts
Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted finish.
Overall: Really good stuff. Intensive roasted notes (even smoked), well-balanced and easy drinkable, recommended.
maximet (139) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark with some ruby flash through the glass, tiny brownish head. Roasted/smoked malt, raisin, dark fruit, floral hops. Sweet, molasses like with a little bitterness, aftertaste is short. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation.
Fukito (908) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque very dark brown with dark copper hues and a small beige head. Aroma is very rich raisins/ dark caramel treacle. Flavor is a complex blend of red apple, raisins and smokey peat, amazing. Medium to light palate, short aftertaste. Amazing such a light beer can pack such a lot of flavor.
BBHansen (408) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Scotland. Appearance: pours dark brown with stable off-white head with good lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, nuts, berries, chocolate, and hints of floral and herbal notes. palette: medium carbonation, medium body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex old ale
tillmac62 (422) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours darker than a typical porter, but slightly more transparent than a stout. Above average head volume, lacing and retention. Vey rich complex nose of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit (plums), pear (as it warms), toffee with light coffee notes and a hint of roast and chocolate. Very light medium body with just a touch of smoothness. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well below average in intensity, complex and well balanced. It begins rather bland, but comes alive in the middle. Dark fruits become evident along with the other flavors of the nose except for the caramel - it is totally absent. The long finish has a hop note. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since they don’t bottle date...
Sjohnh (442) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, quickly fading off-white head, leaving it looking like cola. Interesting things in the aroma - figs, dates, light malt - and some sourness in the flavour, with caramel, a hint of chocolate and dried fruit. Looks like it will have a heavier body than it has, but it’s drinkable and tasty.
AtronSeige (966) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: Light, dark fruit, light oxidation, roasty, vinous,
Appearance: Body: Very dark brown with red hues. Head: Large, tan, fine bubbles, good retention.
Flavour: Light nutty, roasty, vinous. light oxidation. Medium-light bitterness, light sweetness. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: Slightly too much oxidation. May have been caused by the flight. Low malt flavour. Body is too light. Drinkable, but not to style.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Bev!
19A. Old Ale
UXO (811) - CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep drown with hints of amber-brown around the margins, two fingers of light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, minimal lacing. (4/5) Nose is muted, toasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, molasses, smoked peat, sour red berries. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet and bitter, moderate sour/tart. (7/10) Light to medium body, somewhat thin and watery, moderate sustained carbonation, lingering tart bitter finish. (3/5)
Still not a fan of Scotch Ales, overall. This looks like it should be a porter or stout, which it emphatically is not, but that’s more of an aside than a major issue. There’s just a hint of smoke and peat here, but even that feels slightly out of place against the surprisingly light body and vinous, sour flavours. It’s quite drinkable, but I wouldn’t go looking for another. (15/20)
Alusmamuts (1011) - LATVIA - OCT 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rum aroma. Brown with minimal light brown head. Taste mostly sour rum and water, quite dry.
Kauge (692) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle from Liviko Alcostore in Tallinn harbour (€ 3,10). Pours a very dark brown with little red glare against light. Head is creamy tan and thick while lacing nicely. Nose is surprisingly faint with some roasty and nutty notes, a bit sourish (red currant juice?). Taste also roasty and nutty with notes of berries (again a hint of red currant, more as it warms) and slightly winey, and by winey I mean wine made of... yeah, red currants. Finish is malty crisp and roasty dry with nearly no bitterness. Body light to medium with medium prickly carbonation. Would be good I think with some fatty meat dish.