tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, - JAN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle poured into chalice glass on New Year 2013. Copper red in colour with a thick white foam head. Aroma not as strong as anticipated, slight note of sweet toffee and little else. Resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts gives a maltloaf base with slight toffee, barley sugar and candied fruit. Strong dusty Shepherd Neame signature from the hop resins. Finish has a fiery malt edge with sweet orange fruit evident. Tastes weaker than the gravity suggests.
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a deep, clear ruby, with a dense off white head. Aroma of spice, dark malt and SN yeast (cream soda). Flavours were cooked apples, molasses and rye bread. Finish was fairly sweet, burnt sugar, cinnamon and some light roasted malt.
wyzzywyz22 (1945) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks to Heidi & Senthil. Dark amber pour with a meek off white head. Nose was toffee, wood and a little spice. The flavour unfolded with some sweet malts, christmas cake, more spice and a little booze. Some bitterness developed towards the finish. Ok if a tad underwhelming.
Martin243 (742) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Tesco. Poured into a 1/2 pint chalice. Red brown body with a tan head. Aroma of Christmas pot-pourri. Spiciness continues in the flavour, with clove mace allspice and dried fruit flavours, but in thankfully restrained quantities. Thin bodied for ABV, quite a dry finish.
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Clear amber with white head. Light sweet and spice aroma. Very mild though. Dry spice flavor at the start with very light hints of fruit and then a bitter and very dry spice finish. A bit too mild and bitter.
Hanoi (363) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is spice, clove, slight dates, raisin, brown sugar; appealing. Taste is spice, cloves, marzipan, slight tannin. Some caramel and gentle nut in the backbone. Mouthfeel is terrible, much too thin.
It’s better than I was anticipating, but pales into comparison with many of the Belgian festive beers. Would be interested in trying it on cask.
MikeKeller (803) - Kemi, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber beer with a small bubbly head. Aroma is malts, wood, hops. Sweet malty flavour has caramel, spices, dried fruits. Easy to drink.
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with candy like notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some very nice candy like ester with some refreshing fruity notes and some medium caramel malt notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing extreme in this beer but well balance with nice work around the ester.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Dec 2013 - Orangey Amber in colour. Very Fruity; dried fruits, raisins, oranges, hint of nuts. Malty; bready malts, caramel. Hoppy; grassy and spicy hops. Lightly spiced. Warming alcohol towards the finish. Slightly vinous. Sweet fruity malty throughout, leading to a dry hoppy finish. OK. Very drinkable.
culchiem (2428) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clean orange amber with a thin head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavor is bitter hop, spicy malt on an intense dry base.
jmgreenuk (4109) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin frothy white head. The aroma is malt sweet hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a fruity slightly metallic hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.