wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold.
Aroma: This beer has hints of vanilla, citrus, grass, and pastries. This beer’s aroma is moderately intense.
Appearance: This beer has a clear, amber body with no head. This beer leaves behind light to no lacing.
Taste: This beer is mildly flavored; it has grassy hop notes as well as sweet, bread-y malts.
Palate: This beer is has a light+ body, and a moderately long finish that ends on light bitterness.
Overall: A decent holiday beer, but if it were year-round, I doubt that I’d buy it regularly. The flavors are decent, but nothing especially stands out about this beer.
Karol (684) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Bought at a beer specialty store here in Bratislava. One word: great! definitely a great English amber ale. Very bitter, hoppy and a tone of dark chocolate in the finish, which is the most dominant part, where all the characteristics of this ale are unleashed.
The aroma is quite low, does not promise anything, there is some malt and the raisins, but that is all.
The color however is beautiful! Copper brown and clear.
The hoppy aftertaste last quite long on the mouth.
Overall an excellent brew in my opinion in its price and quality category.
J_man (780) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean, lager-like malt aroma. Crystal clear medium yellow with a white head. The lager quality carries into the taste and then finally gets a little more earthy with a good English ale taste. Some fairly strong Noble hop bitterness kicks in and balances out the light caramel sweetness really well. Finishes dry, bitter and sweet all at the same time. This gets better with every sip and as it warms. Good English ale with a nice hoppy bite.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Slightly skunky aroma with light malt. Malt and light woodsy flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light caramel lingers with light woodsiness.
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild carbonation, hay colour with a small amount of head. Light delicate nose of grain, some banana, lemon and grassy hops. Biscuit and grain dominance with highlights of grapefruit, lemon and hints of banana. Finish of malt sweetness offset by a light musky hop bitterness, somewhat dry.
leaparsons (8701) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden with a fluffy white foam. Aromas are yeasty with lemon and grassy notes. Woody, spicy and floral with light pine. Flavours are crisp lemon with base biscuit and grain. Spicy and peppery with bitter grapefruit and pine. Quite lip smacking fruitiness. It’s pretty good.
Leighton (13513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a ChrisO tasting - London. Pours clear gold with a fine, bubbly head. Big bread and light caramel aroma. Medium sweet flavor with lightly toasted caramel, long bread, faint hay bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light sticky sweet finish with more caramel, light leafy bitterness. Not bad.
zoucrew102 (782) - - APR 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is slightly hoppy with citrus and sweet raisin notes. Pours copper colored with large white head. Taste is slightly hoppy at first, then smooths out with citrus and raisin notes.
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gunnfryd (12060) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is butterscotsch, malt, dried fruits. Flavour is butterscotsch, malt, hop, dried fruits, caramel, alcohol. Ordinary beer.
ads135 (3329) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad.. Jess picked this one up for me at some point over the holidays. Doesn’t really have a "christmas" character, but for an English amber, this beer is remarkably flavorful with a decent body to boot.