Mortlach (1248) - 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 (3676) - 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.
mkel07 (4256) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stewart’s Wine Company 130215. What a great flavour and aftertaste this beer has. Raisins and port soaked currants come to mind. Big whiff of oak in the nose.
wxman (1548) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious from a 18.7 ounce bottle. I’m not going to describe this ale as I always have others, because the commercial description is spot on. ABV at 8% (on this bottle) is not a factor. Very smooth and drinkable, though complex.
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt notes with subtle toffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with light toffee notes with a hint of residual sugar notes. Malt notes are really well balanced and showed clear cereal notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good example of a style that should be brewed more often.
Douberd (3132) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo) Bottle 550 ml, served into a big snifter, ABV 8% on the label.
Deep red amber colour on the body, two fingers of thick and creamy tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing behind.
Aroma has cork, oak wood, caramel, raisins, prunes, light vanilla and alcohol.
Nice, sweet taste, lots of red and dark fruits, sugars, warming alcohol, cake, plums, some oak wood again but less than the aroma implied, vanilla.
Medium to full body, nicely carbonated.
KoNrRiI (721) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.55 bottle still at 8% ABV. Light brown color with a reddish tinge and a yeasty, granulated suspension. Head is thick, off-white, and has a good retention. Aroma is very English, if I may say so, although one of the best: malts, caramel, delicate molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dried fruits. Taste is bittersweet - definite caramel and malty sweetness but also licorice, wood, whiskey, alcohol, dust, and damp. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is medium long and also bittersweet - better balanced though it leaves a sort of astringency and alcohol. Overall a nice brew, good for the style, but there is certainly a room for improvement.
gripweed57 (949) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
550 ml bottle. Hazy amber color. Big rocky tan head. Winery malt nose. Slightly tart, fruity malt flavor. Notes of dried fruit, but sour components seem to stand out. Not what I remember from previous tastings. More of a yeasty character than I remember. Label says it was bottled in 2013. Not picking up any oak or sweet malt. I think this was a $10.00 mistake. Need to try again.
markoijelena (1040) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.55l at Little Tommie Birthday party Pozarevac Serbia.Happy Birthday Tommie and Ciaoooo Alberto.Pour it dark amber color with small white head.On the nose caramel. Taste and aroma of caramel, sweet candy sugar, dark dried fruits, whiskey note, and wooden barrel on the end.Not too complexed but ok drinkable.
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a short beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, oak, toffee and raisins. Flavor was sweet and malty with toffee, raisins, bread, caramel, dark fruit and oak. Smooth oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation.