pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - pours carbonated copper with medium head. Nose of malt and musk. Taste is of stale malt, cough syrup, and hop. Not a fan.
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pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Clear golden color. Aroma is malt, corn syrup, and toffee. Taste is quite malty sweet, with corn, cereal, and an odd bitterness. Bitterness comes forward in the finish with the corn syrup maltiness.
erling1000 (287) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An amber Special Reserve Ale with barley, rye, wheat, oat and with low head. Aroma is rich, malty, a little yeast, fresh, spicy, orange, toffee. Taste is bitter sweet.
Stuu666 (6508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear golden amber, nose is sweet toffee, pine, taste is juicy, dry, caramel.
allmyvinyl (6343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of toffee and light spice. Taste is quite sweet. Not bad.
AshtonMcCobb (3933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting.
Appearance - deep toffee-amber in colour. Decent head.
Nose - more toffee, a hint of biscuit and definitely some Christmas spices in there.
Taste - again toffee and spices and a bit cloying if I’m honest.
Palate - medium bodied with a big creamy and sweet texture and a finish that is too sweet.
Overall - this one falls between stools for me. Not strong enough to be a barley wine and not refreshing enough to be an ESB.
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Greasy golden, visible carbonation and a neat ringed head. Sawdust and soft nutmeg before scraped banana skin nose. Clean enough, bit soapy and a bit herby. Clean, passable for the ABV but a keen carbonation. Clammy sweetness. Sleek enough but taste like a bitter on the linger over anything else.
ken1 (1279) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: fruity sweet and hoppy.
Flavour: fruity sweet and grape like bitterness with nutty and spicy notes and a dry finish.
Colour: golden amber with a white head.
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - DEC 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big three finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a more grainy and wheat like aroma with some other smells of a light sugar sweetness. Along with these smells are some notes of a lighter fruit nature as well as a light hop smell of an earthy aroma.
Taste – The taste begins quite bready and doughty with a moderate level of sweetness upfront. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel flavor but contains flavors of some light fruits of pear and peach. As the taste advances the sweeter flavor fade some, with an even greater doughy taste developing. All while the doughy taste builds some spice flavors come to the tongue. Some grassy and herbal hop tastes come at the end of the taste, and with the loss of fruit, the increase in doughy and bready tastes, and bit of spice, one is left with a sorta odd and slightly unbalanced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is very low. The thick feel was rather nice, but the lack of carbonation was a poor for the spice and herbal and grassy tastes, giving them too much potency and making them somewhat overwhelming for the tastes.
Overall – The look was fantastic, but other than that, this was a fairly unbalanced and slightly off putting brew. Not one I will go to again.
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep gold pour. Nose of hot boozy malt, diacetyl and skunky hops. Flavor is malt liquor and hops. Hot. Bad, bad elf.