BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown 33cl dumpy bottle, best before 23 Apr 2012, been in my stash for some time: opened and reviewed Sunday 22 May 2011.
Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass: the sediment seemed to stay in the bottle, so my glass was full of a dark reddy brown beer which had a very slight haziness to it. On top a well formed and deep off-white head of tight bubbles.
Malty molasses fill the nose, treacle and toffee notes complete the smells I found.
Roasted/toasted malty bread taste, with an alcohol undertone. Sweet and tangy, but lacking something when comparing with the better beers within this style.
I thought the beer a bit lively and over carbonated, the alcohol was too prominent also, the body not possessing enough strength or complexity to control it.
My wife liked this beer more than I did, the malty sweetness winning her over, compared to my more measured overview which pushed it towards more average scores for the style.
ekstedt (6170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Clear chestnut, medium beige head. Nice earthy and woody aroma, slightly nutty, with notes of dried fruits. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, medium bitterness. Very nice!
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Hipeä Hauki, 20120120) The beer poure ruby red and clear. Its head was small, sparse and white. Aroma had alcohol, caramell and malts. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, sweetness, yeast and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. Too boozy but decent malt profile.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with medium creamy head that lingers. Aroma of very sweet caramel malts and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty, with a smooth finish. Decent!
oldrtybastrd (3376) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fra flaske 0,33l på rommet / Keizershof Hotell i Aalst 30 Apr 11. Dyp brun / sort. Uklar. Luftig skum som nesten forsvinner. Aroma av pepper & frukt. Smaken tung fruktig med gjennomgående pepperkarakter.
Ernest (6910) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (rated in Nov 2009).
Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (bread, caramel, molasses), with notes of brown sugar and date.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wolfbass (1028) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Colore ambrato con schiuma evanescente. Al naso leggero caramello. Anche in bocca il caramello la fa da padrone, e infatti risulta quasi noioso.
reebtogi (5080) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle poured dark brown color with a finger of creamy beige head with good retention leaving some fine lacing behind. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts. Taste is malty sweet with a roasted malt bitterness and hops in the finish. A very nicely balanced ale which is a little different than most of the Belgian ales I have sampled. Recommended.
prawlie (1319) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cL bottle from ABS Drinks in Winksele poured into a Westmalle glass at home. Brown, dark red when held up to the light. A good creamy, bubbly head. Strong spiced, fruity, sweet and licorice aroma, a bit of bubblegum. Sweet, candy sugars, no hint of it being 8% from the taste! A hint of oily alcohol later, adding some depth. Pretty nice, but ultimately a little one diminsional.