LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice stuff. Lots of malts, nuts, toffee, and even hints of oak. Warming and nice albeit very sweet. If you drink too much it must get cloying - perhaps that explains the bottle size (275 ml)? ;o)
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Malty aroma. Dark brown. White, lasting head when poured from a distance. Complex, fruity taste. Like portwine in the finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2716) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, at homebrew club tasting. We were supposed to be bringing in barelywines, but most tasters correctly picked this out as an Old Ale. Pours with a sweet smell of caramel, dates and raisons. No head. Thick beer clings to the sides of the glass, but alcohol itself is kind of thin. Taste is largely of plump raisins and some lesser distinguished fruits, then turns dry at the finish.
KnutAlbert (5545) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fine example of an old ale, but not really outstanding. A little fizzy when poured, but that dies out fast. Port-like flavour and character, grapefruity hops.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle from Sainsbury. I can now see why people go on about this so much. Deep ruby in colour with thin beige head. Good deep fruit aroma, brown sugar, slightly syrupy in mouth with excellent hop balance. Plums/raisins. Lovely peppery hops dancing over the top. Vinous. Slightly boiled sweet from the pasteurisation
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, a dark brown with a good frothy head. A beautiful flowery malt aroma. A mellow winey flavour. A good amount of carbonation means it doesn’t taste as strong as its 8.5%.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Potent! Rich, warming and aromatic. Lots of malt and unfortunately some alcohol as well. Surprising malty, herbal finish.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sainsburys (I think). Fairly typical strong British ale, sweet and slightly thick and a little boiled tasting. Not much more to say as this was fairly uninteresting.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is a little weak, but pleasant enough, with notes of caramel and licorice. Quickly dissipating head, dark treacle colour. Flavour is rich and warming, again slightly weak, but with a great lingering finish of figs, more caramel, and some fat, warm astringency on the back of the throat. A nice strong winter ale.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (from Sainsburys, BBE Mar 07) with an textured cat label. Ruby colour with tan head. The aroma is quite enticing - rich malts, toffee, dried fruits and a hint of alcohol which adds rather than detracts to the effect. The body is fairly sweet but not overly so and unfortunately the body is thin. A good start leading into a bland and puny finish.