tombyars (1511) - 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.
Turtles (952) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, two-finger size white head, good lacing. Malty aroma, alcohol, dried dark fruit and brown sugar. Smooth and rounded mouthfeel, gentle carbonated. Biscuity taste, woody notes, dark dried apricot. Finish with warming booze. Simplistic.
FunkyF (595) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flaska från SB. Kopparfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Lätt kryddig doft som domineras av söt malt. Söt med lite besk kryddighet.
DraftDodger (626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copenhagen 22/11 2015. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Fir tree and Christmas decoration on the label to get you in the right mood. Pours clear coppe brown with white head. Disappears almost immediately. Very English. Aroma is fermented fruit, cinnamon and dried fruit. Very Christmaslike. Medium carbonation and oily palate. Taste is sugary with raisins, figs and fruityness. Followed by a bitter sourness. Ok balance. Hides the relatively high alcohol content quite well. Fine way to celebrate Christmas - way better than a traditional Plum cake anyway.
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, caramel, cinnamon, orange, taste is similar, sweet, cloying.
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Eltham Wines, Eltham. Dark amber pour with a white head. Orchard fruit, dates, toffee, marzipan and sultana in the aroma. Flavours of figs, dates, sultanas and pear drops. Dry-sweet action. Not bad.
Gary (1733) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml . In a snifter. Well now if somebody gave me this for Christmas I’d take that as a large Xmas slice of "fuck u" , no really thanks do you hate me ? This stuff was garbage, as customary feature of all Shepherd neame beers. The 7% boost wasn’t warming , very little spice notes other than unbalanced spicy hops . Tasted too much like vanilla extract and burnt nutty malts. I would argue that this beer warm and cask would probably be a better experience than a stale bottle.
BRW (1669) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper colour with white head. Caramel, malt and nuts aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt and nuts taste. Medium body.
hawthorne00 (3049) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10c. Bright amber with an ecru head that laces well. Aroma is fruity, dusty and leathery, with dried fruit and sherry-like oxidation, chestnuts (is there such a a thing as chestnut marzipan?). Not overly sweet with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Dried fruit (dates, apricots, sultanas) medium sherry, vanilla, white pepper, herbal notes. Fairly dry and moderately bitter at the end. Good beer, although 500ml is enough to share.
mkel07 (4521) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Spotted Cow 151015. Bit early for Christmas beer but this is well worth it.Loaded with spiced fruit flavours and just a hint of rum this beer is better suited to colder weather but it goes down well in warmer weather also.
Derek881 (1187) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from the bottle purchased in Croatia into a regular glass to drink. The beer had a copper-orange color with a modest foamy white head, with modest retention, and lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured floral and pine hops along with a strong malty presence and touches of fig, barley, raisins, and alcohol. The beer had a sweet floral and fruity malt taste along with some sour earthy and floral notes and a bit of yeast. It had a wet and watery body with light to average carbonation and a slight presence of alcohol.