Pinball (10595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009
amber, small head.
aroma is sour, fruity, berries
flavor is sweet, dark fruits, sweet & sour.
saxo (13331) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LIC, Aarhus. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich with plums, raisin, caramel and oak.
imdownthepub (9435) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 550ml. Copper to chestnut with white head. Hmmm, this could have been so good, but in the end like many other Sam Smiths it fails to deliver. Caramel sweet body, quite heavy on the palate and yet no depth of flavour. Lacking much in hops, its smooth but thats about it unfortunately.
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle at The Penguin. Jewelled ruby pour with a fine diminishing white collar and lace-speckled legs. Slightly dribble-making aroma of jellied red fruit, oak, single malt, strawberries and cream, sticky currant, dab of black olive saltiness. Sweet, lean and salty. Tastes almost completely like those circular purple Allsorts (sugar coated liquorice). Layers of narcotic silky, unstickly oak unfolding; faint fudgy malt, watered wee dram. Could knock a pint of this back in 15mins. That’s the danger. MASSIVE SILK. Seriously classy, slightly Baltic, slightly salty barley wine awash with slate, oak, juicy dried vine fruit, strawberry and liquorice. Very nearly a WOW moment. Great shit.
greenmanalishi (445) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Spectacular in price and storyline...but not so in delivery unfortunately.
Pours a reddy-brown (wood) colour with a creamy-frothy beige mid head.
Aromas of plum, woodiness.
Crisp palate, slight dryness.
Oaky, bready taste with some sticky sweetness, caramel, treacle...some spritzy hops...just doesn’t quite hit any highs.
anders37 (15273) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a clear amber color wit a small off-white head. Has a malty fruity caramel aroma with some oaky hints. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with some hints of oak and hops. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with some hoppy hints in the aftertaste.
Skinnyviking (6279) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. High fluffy but lasting off-white head. Clear and good looking amber body. Fruity caramel butter aroma with a pleasant touch of hops. Mild creamy fruity fresh caramel flavor with mild and yet distinct hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a short mild aftertaste.
Dedollewaitor (13370) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
55cl bottle purchased at VinensVerden, Odense. Pours amber with a reddish hew and a fine stable small creamy head and lacings. Nose is toffee/caramel and rather fruity. Plum and raisin. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and has oak, dark fruits and caramel. Def. some strawberry jam in both nose and taste. Pleasant warmth. Very well made and nice!
maltdog (613) - Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
55cl bottle from Utobeer in London. Pours cloudy copper, capped by a creamy linen cloud. "Sweet"-smelling and tremendously fruity nose pelts me with overripe figs, plums, apples and pears… and after dousing me with a bucket of rummy molasses, offers a small bowl of macadamia nuts and almonds in a conciliatory gesture. The flavor wavers betwen strawberry and chocolate, toffeeish malt, and sweet balsamic vinegar. Oak proclaims itself in the manner of balmy butter and delicate tannins. An endless aftertaste offers cherry, pine, and alcohol sting... and eventually evolves into honey, lemon, and anise. Despite sweet sensations, the palate proves dry-ish, airy, and filling... amply carbonated without being gassy. This exotic concoction combines wine, beer, and chocolate characters; certainly interesting, perhaps even bizarre.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny amber with a cream coloured head. Good malt base. Aroma of dried apricots & rich alcohol. On the tongue, smooth treacle malt taste. Soft plum, strawberry jam, figs, bit vinuous. I can see why many of the previous raters feel that this is a disappointment, given the process taken to make it and the cost of the bottle (I think I paid about £8 from Utobeer!) It’s a contrast to the full-on beers coming out of Denmark and America and is somehow very, very English.