mile (2469) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber, small and fully diminishing head. Light to moderate malty sweetish aroma, toffee and some bread, faint roastiness. Body is light to medium, malty and sweetish flavor, toffee and wood also in the flavor.Finish is short to average, malty, toffee and some dry bitterness. Typical Shepherd Neame, nothing wrong but you can really tell them apart by front label.
berkshirejohn (3972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from Lidl. Golden amber with a dense off-white head; standard Shep hoppy aroma with a touch of treacle and spice; slightly sour malt flavour, refreshing and lively in the mouth, although appearing only lightly carbonated; dry biscuity hops to finish. Pleasant enough but not particularly Christmassy.
FatPhil (8116) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle (Hilpea Haukki, Helsinki)
6 Shepherd Neame standard fingerprint - Sweetish, muted hops, a little dusty and earthy.
4 Reddy orange, small persistent head, settles to a ring.
6 Text book shep again. Tons of floral honey whic is a little detached from the other tastes, namely the almost-pungent aromatic hops which make this just a little nutty.
3 Simple palate, crisp carbonation. Finish saves it - plenty of honey and caramelly malt, and loads of bitter hops. Those hops are again somewhat muted, and don’t taste fresh.
12 A straight down-the-middle bitter which didn’t survive pasteurisation so well. Like many other SN beers.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (from K Citymarket Kivihaka, Vaasa). Amber colour, mediumsized beige creamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is bready malts, some crystal malty notes as well as mild caramel. Also some slight grassy and floral hoppyness. Flavour is wooden, a bit grassy, quite sweet malty along with some slight herbal notes. Mild toffee in underneath. Biting carbonation. Pleasant bitter!
TBone (11378) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled (Pori, BB 10/2011)
Clear deep copper color, small steady white head. Typical Shep Neame nose: nutty hoppyness with hints of metal. Light to medium bodied. Crisp hoppyness, grassy, woody and nutty. Dryish and a bit too watery. A Light version of MasterBrew or Spitfire. No Christmas found.