liinis (1673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong flavoured and excellent warmer for a cold winter day. This series or elf beers is just right
Benzai (9800) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [thanks to dEnk] @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Slightly hazy dark orange color, small beoge head. Smell malts, overripe fruits, sweetness. Taste malts, overripe fruits, sweetness, some alcohol, lightly sugar. Heavy malty. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Quite decent.
DutchDrebus (4599) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ benzai. Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells barley, malts, hops, sweetish, nice. Tastes barley, malts, slightly hoppy, sweetish, some caramel.. Lovely. Medium to full body, soft carbo, round feel.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Clear amber/copper with thin fizzy quick to disappear ivory head.
Aroma: Raisin, prune, tinned peaches in syrup, liquorice, syrup, floral, toffee, cherry, marzipan and vinous.
Taste: Medium sweet, low/medium sour and low bitterness.
Palate: Thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry liquorice, syrup, fruity sweet finish with a sourness and burnt caramel. Ending alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very tasty.
BitchPls (622) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red beer with a brief and minimal head. Lots of sweet sugared/canned peaches on the nose. Full bodied. Oily. Lots of caramel and dried fruit. Very lovely brew for slow drinking.
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Alko Muonio. Drukket på RV124 12 Jan 14. Mørk gyldenbrun med litt rødskjær. OK skum som flater nesten helt ut i løpet av noen minutter. Litt lacing. Forsiktig mandelaroma. Smaken er mandler og kirsebær. Blir litt tørr etter hvert. Alkoholen bra skjult men helheten blir så som så. KI=4
daje (2633) - NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep copper body, white head. Aroma of ripe fruit, alcohol, vanilla. Taste is fruity of oranges, peach, plum, with a sweet caramel/honey malt finish. Warm alcohol feel, with an aftertaste of dark fruit and caramel.
Maris (1121) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 14/1/2014. Pours a clear orange/light amber with just a hint of head. Has a quite pronounced aroma featuring toffee, fruit and a dash of alcohol. Taking a sip and there’s lots of sweet toffee, stone fruit and some brown sugar, with a spicy, slightly sharp alcoholic bitterness finishing things off. The texture is quite oily and the carbonation modest. I think this is harshly treated on here ratings wise. It may not be a world beater, but it’s a solid sweet sipper, which I have no complaints whatsoever in downing.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
P: Clear copper body with a short lives crown that rests to a nice thin white film.
S: Vanilla, French oak, booze, banana taffy, sweet toffee, acidic, candied malt, Christmas spices, barley is present but faint. Very malty and syrupy.
T/M: Heavy malt base with almost a dairy creamer taste. Super sweet candy, banana snow cone syrup, and toffee. Again barley is not really a player and faintly bitter apple peel hops. Thick chewy body with little carbonation and a spicy finish.
O: I see why they callbthis Criminally Bad Elf because IT IS crininally bad. Not what I expect from a barley wine style brew. This is more of a winter warmer with banana influence. A search and rescue team is required to find the barley and the overall delivery is not great. I think this beer is confused on what it wants to be. I can honestly say I would not purchase this again.
Rune (9097) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, by the courtesy of Finn. Fair amount of airy, off-white foamy head with satisfying duration and lacing. Clear golden-brown coloured body. Modest aroma of herbs, sweet malt and dried fruits. Dry and sweet taste character of almond, herbal malts, honey and bittersweet berries towards a partially lingering ending, tingled with alcohol. Medium bodied. Warming mouthfeel. Decent slow Yuletide sipper (Tromsø 02.01.2014).