The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Cad’s Shindig. Bottled in 2011, BB June 2014, 9%. Hazy red brown, still, small ring of tan head. Aroma is toffee, some minty pine, raisin. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is bready, caramel and toffee, dry and oaky, dark dried fruits, light bitterness.
ALLOVATE (2555) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Mildly hazy, it settles and auburn chestnut with moderate effervescence and a fuelled, but not efficiently lofted off white crown. Aroma is tart, plump with dark stonefruit and underripe berries, Merlot grapes, musk candy and fruity, cheap perfume. Vinous and plump yet light in body like a good red. Tight and tart with plenty of dark stonefruit coming through - plummy and raw. Nice length of fruit; sherryish and deliciously aged. Oxidised to be quite vinous but the alcohol is hellishly masked. This is an old ale that is approachable, tempting and likeable. Not complex, but pretty sumptuous! (55cL, BBE 06/15, 8.0% ABV, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
pras (523) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy brown, aromas of oak, sweetness, malt, raisin. Taste was sweet, oaky, malty, with a slight alcohol burn. Needs to tame a bit. Not my favorite.
Davros (2229) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy brown with a large head.
Nose shows honey, cardboard, prunes, sultanas.
Sweet and rich flavours, vanilla oak, malt, sultanas, caramel. Dries out in the finish creating a slightly abrasive contrast to the initial flavours.
hawthorne00 (2737) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 8% ABV, bb 7/15. 11C. Darkish amber with a modest beige head that lasts pretty well. Boozy aroma with prunes, raisins, toffee, oak, fruitcake spices, white pepper. Sweet and luscious with some Madeira-like flavours. Toffee, dark fruits, spices. Finish is quite bitter and oaky with enough spices to relieve the sweetness. Been wanting to try this one for ages and only the price wasn’t what I’d hoped.
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque brown/red with a medium tan head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit, toffe, caramel, sherry and a bit of booze. Flavor follows suit...toffee really stands out...lots of oakiness and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a dry earthy/oaky finish that hints at dark fruits.
stoutnick (700) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown appearance. Mild toffee caramel aroma. Taste is some easy going dark fruits and toffee. Nice English style ale here.
wozap (281) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butelka do 06.2015. Kolor miedziany, piana obfita. Aromaty słodowe, suszone owocowe, cherry. Alkohol lekko rozgrzewający przy przełtkaniu, przyjemne odczucie.
Mortlach (1160) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
550ml bottle. Deep amber appearance, a bit hazy, with a medium white head. Aroma is overripe fruits, malt, brown sugar, toffee. Flavour is medium sweet, raisin, prunes, caramel, candy, a touch of whisky. Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. A good beer for sure, but I was expecting something more...
JStax (3551) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 ml bottle. The beer is a hazed copper color with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has some acidic raisin, oak, dust. As the beer opens up more, the acidity seems to subside and allow more of a mellow sweetness. Thicker mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Not bad, really not what I expected.