Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear dark amber - offwhite head. Red berries, high malty, medium hoppy, fruity, caramel, amber malts, light bitterness, resin, grassy, ryebread. Nice.
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Might be the best Scotch Ale Iíve every had? A modern take perhaps with heaps of lifted and well defined cola, milk chocolate and mild roast. Particularly forceful aromas. Palate is dry by comparison but has a nice earthy bitter touch. I can see why it is ranked so highly.
mkel07 (3101) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Deep dark coppery brown with a full coffee coloured dense foam. Coffee beans, toffee and roasted malts in the aroma with a hint of aniseed. Long dry finish with a smoky flavour that rolls around the mouth. Another good beer from Renaissance.
bmeup (508) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber Tawny port colour. Roasted malt, spice, caramel, toffee aromas & flavours. Quite sweet and raisiney with low bitterness. At about 8deg itís full flavoured and very good but not my style.
Jade (407) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, almost ruby colour. Full aroma, oaky. Warming sensation. Great taste. Nice beer.
Gethinbeer (2119) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong malt, winter berry fruit aroma. Thin off white head and thin lace with a chestnut colour. Strong malt, rich syrup and chocolate aroma with a very slight roasted flavour of berry and caramel. Nice beer.
hawthorne00 (2366) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a lacy beige head. Big complex malt and vanilla aroma is quite Speyside whisky-like with pears and alcohol quite prominent. A hint of peat. Rich, smooth mouthfeel with boozy hotness. Taste has dark toffee, raisins, vanilla essence. Spicy bitter finish is warming and the finish seems drier as you drink. Donít agree at all that the alcohol is well-hidden.
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An outstanding beer. Lovely thick head with some chocolaty notes this beer is all about the malt, Flavours are a full spectrum of malt from light sweetness through toffee and caramel to some rich chocolaty flavours all perfectly balanced with a mild bitterness that leaves the malt forward. Alcohol is high(ish) but I didnít notice it while drinking. Renaissance are making some exceptional beers at the moment.
Samma (59) - Fitzroy, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luscious, chocolately hints on both nose and palate. Very full burnt red colour and big, creamy mouth feel. Alcohol levels are not overly apparent or overbearing. Best beer I tasted on my week in the Marlborough.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Malty with hints of chocolate, hints of roasted grain and very possibly anise. There is a marked underlying cheesy character.
Appearance: Deep amber brown with rocky, cafe au lait head, and heavy lacing.
Taste: Slightly sour and distinctively bitter, has the after effect of a strong blue cheese with a caramelised topping.
Palate: Full bodied, with good carbonation, creamy texture that finishes with an astringent sticky residue.
Overall: Really complex. Lives up to the hype. Buy it. Import it. Whatever. Just drink it.