oh6gdx (20004) - 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 (11926) - 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.
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Tbone. Amber color. caramel and chicken food i the aroma. Grainy flavor with soft toffee and earthy notes. Earthy soft bitter aftertaste.
FatPhil (8604) - 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.
rosenbergh (6105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. BB Oct 11. Finland.
Lively clear copper colour with small to average size fluffy off-white head.
Fruity hops, malt, some sweetness and mild spices in aroma.
Flavour is malty with caramel and bitter hops. Thin.
olio (5283) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101127.
Pours clear amber color with a small head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, some mild hops and fruits. Flavor of sweet fruits and malts, caramel, toffee and hay. Not very pleasant.
laiti (4949) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 18.12.2010
Aroma has some english toffee and hints of goldings style hops. Flavour is somewhat sweet with toffee, somewhat harsh malt, some caramel, hops and hints of biscuits. Yet another bitter.
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.5 l bottle from K-Länsiväylä, Jyväskylä. Amber color. The aromas of resiny hops, nuts and hints of raisins. Biscuity, nutty, salty and bitter flavor with some resiny hops. Too minerally and hard taste.
berkshirejohn (4206) - 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.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber with a large and lasting white head. Old, dusty sack of grain malt aroma, sweetness intensifying as it warms. Some fruity sourness in the taste leads in to a sharp bitter finish. Too much fizz. Another typical, not particularly satisfying English bottled beer. Not sure why I bought this in Lidl when I could have had the real thing in the pub. Not sure what its Yuletide connection is either.