Paincane (152) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque copper colored body w/ creamy tan head. Caramel, oak, fruit & bread aromas. Toffee, raisin, fruit & biscuity malt flavors. Excellent.
Lagerboy (1217) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
550 ml bottle. Unclear medium-dark copper, big tan foam settles and rings out. Sweet vanilla boozy malty aroma. Sweet and rich medium roast malt taste, vanilla/toffee/caramel/treacle, dark fruits, oaky whisky. Softer than average carbonation, medium-full bodied, low hopped. Becomes a bit vinous, long and strong boozy finish, what an Imperial I&G original might taste like. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
fishonmyplane (424) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A lot of British beer character: bread, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Just a little bit of dark fruit. Not much hop character. Overly sweet, and not really my style of beer.
hohops (280) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass. appearance is dark brown, slightly amber, with a large, lasting, fluffy white head. Aromas of brown bread, almonds, honey glaze, hints of dark fruits, cherries, fruit cake. Taste is fruit cake again, cherry brandy, marzipan and almond, rum and raisin ice cream, a bit of treacle toffee. Nice smooth blend of flavours, and you only notice the alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied. Really quite tasty and delicious.
s_hartshorne (1276) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bier huis ossett 2012 8% version. Hazy red amber colour beige head low retention. Aroma is rich fruitcake. Taste is great fruitcake fruit some woody notes nice malts slight alcohol warmth. Nice smooth body great mouthfeel soft carbonation. Excellent English strong ale quality.
zgaier (1374) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a orange brown with an off white head and sweet aroma of oak and fruits. Taste is sweet, nice oaky and fruit notes with toffee, caramel, raisans, and light alcohol with a long, warming oak finish.
Pailhead (4783) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, fruit, raisin, and toffee. It pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate raisin, light fruit, faint vanilla, and a touch of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
kerenmk (2301) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 8%. Clear dark brownish gold with white film,. Alcoholic, apple aroma, with a sweet, cherry thingy in it. Bitter, alcoholic taste, medium body, slightly carbonated.
Hanoi (384) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is caramel, lactose, candy sugar undercut by slight oak sourness and green apple, very faint smoke.
Taste, is cream, caramel, treacle toffee, sticky dark fruits, a touch of smoke. The finish is oak with a little vanilla but with a strange watery note as well. It’s smooth but a little thin on the palette.
It’s a really nice beer, which tastes good and shows the barrel nicely, but there is something not quite right, the taste does not bloom.
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky chestnut brown with some red highlights and a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that diminished rather quickly, leaving behind basically nothing in the way of head or lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums & cherries), a mild odor of oak cask and a light alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet with a touch of caramel and toffee from the get go, progressing with a moderate fruitiness, a hint of oak and a light alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a nice candi sweet taste left lying on the palate for just a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation.
Overall this was a very tasty and delectable brew. It possessed a very nice balance, which obviously helped in hiding the high ABV that this beer possesses. On top of that it was the first brew I have had from Samuel Smith’s that was over 5% ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews