onceblind (5885) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark copper with a thin bubbly/foamy head. Rich almond and nutty nose with a bit of blonde biscuit and grassy hop. Nice flavor with a gentle toffee and almond malt tone with very little grassy hoppiness. Lovely and very quaffable. Mild nuttiness on the finish.
ALLOVATE (2687) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Brilliant, deep, orange amber with light effervescence. Resilient white froth atop laces a mean weave. Smoky phenolics, burnt toast and rubber bleeds from it and tickles the nose, but is ccleaned up by honey sweet, toasted malts. Similar phenolic clap on the palate. Quite heated with a vinous, sherryish burn that lasts. Malty with cereal notes upfront and a light note of honey and zing of lemon. Body is medium light with soft carbonation. Has a nutty backdrop build after a few swills. Drinks ok, but lacks a punch or wow factor. (50cL, BB 14/08/16, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
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 (1484) - 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 (322) - - 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 (7329) - 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 (7027) - 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 (4134) - 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 (1834) - 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 (1348) - 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.