IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from my friend from Aberdeen. Nose is bigtime bubblegum, golden raisins, and a flowery note. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is light toffee, a little roast, and a tiny bit of bitterness.
uckelman (452) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark reddish brown, clear. Small lacy head. Once the head dissipates, it has roughly the appearance of cola. Chocolate malt is apparent n the aroma. Loads of malt flavor. Medium body. Lively. Long-lasting nutty aftertaste. Quite nice.
sarauckelman (297) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black, opaque. A few varied-sized tan bubbles. Not much aroma, a bit of malt. A complex balance of delicate flavors, with a surprisingly thin body. High quality.
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic English old ale, from a stubby bottle with sober, small label. I believe in getting to know the classics in each beer style before venturing into the hybrids and the extremities and I hadn’t tasted this one before, so here we go. Loose, milky, irregular, pale beige head over a practically clear, purplish burgundy coloured beer, like a very dark red wine. The typical cooked, ’industrial’ odour of pasteurization is unmistakable in the nose, but there are more redeeming qualities as well: I get impressions of rhum-soaked raisins, overripe blue plums, candied figs, brown sugar and butter melting on a hot pancake, almond, milk chocolate, pepper, ’speculoos’, cinnamon, kahlua, hints of vanilla and aniseed (probably just phenols). Sweet onset, candied fruits, dates, raisins, dry banana surrounded by a soft, basic sourishness, soft carbo, smooth, notably resinous and supple mouthfeel, caramelly and nutty malts with a strong toasted edge in the end, bittersweet, peppery hops accent adding more bitterness, warming rhum-like alcohol in the end. Considering this is filtered and pasteurized, I don’t think it is very useful to cellar it for an extended period of time. So in its youth, this is a Christmas pie kind of beer, spicy, sweet and lush, with the dash of alcohol adding warmth. Decent winter warmer and indeed a good example for those who want to get to know the traditional English old ale style.
King_Alex_II (739) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear ruby color with little foam. The smell is heavy with licorice and hints of strong red wine. The taste has a mild mouth feeling, but is quite heavy. A lot of ancient licorice. A little bit like a heavy stout without all the coffee. Appropriate aftertaste.
elbernays (953) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours brown with off white head. Raisins, cherries, Christmas cake aroma. Flavour follows nose.
Flanfl (303) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - SEP 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel, dried plum, liquorice and cocoa. Flavours of dried fruits, mainly plum, caramel, liquorice, slighlty port like. Medium warm finish with dried fruits. Medium body and carbo.
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Beachmaster (261) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours mahogany, with a small khaki head that quickly fades. Moderate lacing. Nose is plums and figs, dark malt. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, with dark malt and dark fruit predominate. Creamy mouth feel with a long, smooth finish. Very good representative of the style.
MarauderSky (28) - - AUG 27, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the greatest things I have tasted. I will certainly be purchasing this again.
Swaroga (1826) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with medium head. The beer has a strong dried and cooked dark fruit aroma with a bit smoke, bubblegum, honey and cake. Flavor is quite the same. Well balanced and the alcohol seam to be well hidden. Soft carbonation and medium density but oily mouth feel. Aftertaste is spicy with dried plum sourness. Good one.
brewerale (120) - - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Escura com raios avermelhados e média formação de espuma. Notas de toffee, malte tostado, chocolate, café e lúpulo floral. Corpo médio com final longo e retrogosto bem maltado e com amargor acentuado.