chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Vintage bottle, 1997 best before date (where the hell did that come from). Wouldn’t have bothered rating it all had I not realized that my rating for the Cask version had been misplaced under the entry for the Bottled. Dark amber. Others thought it was OK but I found it heavily oxidized (surprise, surprise). Not much else to be observed. Not completely undrinkable but clearly well past it in my view. Flagged for re-rate.
danielst (248) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle: Light orange colour with a small, creamy head. Tropical fruity aroma of tangerines and honey melons with a touch of seawater and avocado. The hops are really delicious here - juicy like a melon’s fruit flesh and slightly resinous, with pale caramel malts holding the balance, but still dry and crisply bitter in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel but pretty high in carbonation for a Bitter. Well done!
DruncanVeasey (7445) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dusty orange-gold with fine layers of lace and a slender white head. Juicy dried stone fruit in the aroma, joined by blossomy Munich-type hop and honey. Satisfying and full; apricot and lemony fruit, hint of jam on wholemeal, sultanas, dates, same house fruitiness as the Dragon Head, despite the very different colouration and flavour profile of the two beers. Some peat, butter and pine in the finish. Packed with flavour and condition at the strength, and another well-bottled and tasty ale from Orkney.
yespr (34549) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cL bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with a huge white head. Aroma is roasted caramelish and slight roasted malty. Lingering malty flavoured with a light bitterness showing through. Ends dry and slight spiced. Dry malty finish. Good one.
MiP (14154) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 3.8%. Grassy aroma, mild but OK. Clear yellow colour. Stable white head. There seems to a hint of smoke in the flavour. It makes the beer a tad more interesting. Grainy finish.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 50cl. Biscuity, decent bitterness. Salty. A hint of quince in the finish. Enjoyable.
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl dark brown bottle, label slightly different than pictured (on the new label, the raven doesn’t spread his wings).
Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a small, off-white head. Solid retention, decent lacing.
Light- to medium-bodied bitter with active carbonation and tickling, but not grainy mouth feel. A bit watery, as is typical of this style.
Aroma of citrus fruit, malt and hops. Some herbal spices there, too.
The taste is refreshing and characterful, due to a superb balance of malt and hops - the hoppy note is stronger than usual in a bitter, almost closer to an IPA. But it’s as bitter as most English "best bitters", so fans of that style will find much to admire here. Finish is dry, after tasty very mildly bitter - inviting you to drink another one.
The mix of citrusy and malty notes keep the beer interesting, so it’s also highly sessionable. Another very good brew from the Orkney Brewery. At €3.50 a bottle, it doesn’t come cheap - but then, it comes from distant shores. Both literally and figuratively. ;-)
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - NOV 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Slightly hazy, golden colour with a thick and dense, slightly off-white foamy head. Citrus-fruity and slightly zesty hoppy aroma with a balancing amount of sweet (cara-)malt. Moderately bitter flavour, light bodied with a crispy carbonation. Well-balanced malty base with notes of biscuits and fruity, slightly woody hops, leading into a dry and bitter finish with aromatic hops character. Pretty aromatic and flavourful for the low abv. 03.XI.09
gunnfryd (12102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, apple. Flavour is fruit, malt, apple, hop, bread. Medium body. Ordinary beer.
fonefan (38081) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 50cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear light to medium amber color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, oxidide malt, grainy, bready. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft.