esox (1156) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coppr color, creamy head. Lots of sweet herbal/grassy hop notes, flowery honey and a hint of currant leaves. Rich, bready and only slightly caramelly maltiness that lack being cloying. Balancing bitterness all the way, still malt oriented. Nice dried fruitiness, aprivots and figs, in the finish elegantly coated with caramel. Slightly alcoholic and sticky finish is the only flaw.
SirLimpsalot (2439) - SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Småtrevlig dog lite diskret doft.
Sökaktig smak av tutti frutti och med en eftersmak jag gärna skulle
varit för utan.
gyllenbock (5229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt, hay, toffee and some yeast. A lot of toffee in the taste. Not as bitter as expected. Drinkable but not the best one out there.
jookos (2911) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #368, 8.3% abv. Orange-amber in colour. Strongly grainy, malty on the nose with a hint of alcohol. A bit of smoke / old wood in the malts. Pretty thick, a bit o sweetness on the palate. Clearly pilsner taste, but supercharged - like a dubbelbock, but with more bitterness and without the (imo) unpleasant syrupiness.
Dermi (691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl, bottled. Pours cloudy orange, light white head. Aroma: Strong yeast, bread, grassy hops. Nice. Taste: Sweet, nice background bitterness. Interesting malty flavours, yeast hops, slightly abrupt. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Very positive overall.
madmitch76 (16560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
30th July 2011
ChrisOs ’Donkey Dork Lord’ Pre-GBBF Tasting. Light haze on this amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Light smooth malt with a bretty like streak. Finishes semi dry. Interesting!
FatPhil (9818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 330ml bottle (ChrisO’s pre-GBBF2011 "Donkey Dork Lord" shindig) (5:3:6:3:12=2.9)
Spicy, but also cheesy aroma, not really what I wanted. Sticky in the mouth. A bit plasticky with the bocky malts (why is this not a bock?). Nothing special, not a disaster either, once you’re past the aroma. Made me think back to the old old days of Kari Likovuori with longing for some of those old strong Stadin brews :-(
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) Batch #368, BB20120201, drunk 20111225
6 More of an ESL than a bock this time, but then again, most ESLs call themselves bocks, so the distinction isn’t really worth making. Definitely some alcohol in that, alas.
3 Bold gold, very brief fizzy head.
7- Wonderfully fruity retronasals, wow. Good bocky malts, but less sweet and stodgy than a typical bock. Slight nettles from hops.
4- Crisp palate, decent carbonation. Touch of marmite yeastiness in the finish, some sweetish fruitiness too, and a good bite of bitter hops.
13 Quite big, but not very clever beer; but in the style a nice example. Really appreciated 4 extra months of attenutation. However, that’s the Stadin way - it goes out the door insufficiently conditioned, and you have to have patience if you want the best from the beer. Timo, the brewer, forgive me for my earlier impatient comment. However, this isn’t back to the level of the greats.
heavy (2195) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
24/06 0.33 l bottle, Batch 368, shared with Marko. Great thanks Timo for bringing the beers here! This one poured slightly hazy deep golden body with medium sized, slightly yellow head. Strong aroma, herbal hops with biscuit and honey malt. Flavor is sweet, interesting and complex for a strong lager, orange and herbal hop, biscuit, fruity like peach, sugary. Full sticky body with long and nice sweet finish. Slightly warming near the very end. Interesting brew, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
mjs (4933) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - erä #368 - 8.3 % ABV, from Alko Arkadia, 20110804) The beer poured deep golden and clear. Its head was dense, white and long lasting. Aroma had malts, hops, paint thinner and hops. Palate was medium bodied and almost burning with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, hops, grass, alcohol and bitterness. Aftertaste was alcoholic and bitter. Alcohol could have been more hidden. Now the burning and its "flavour" and "scent" were displeasing.
Leighton (12635) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Cloudy gold pour with a moderate, white head. Sweetish, grassy aroma, slight tartness. Sweet flavor, mild grain malts. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Faintly warming finish, bit of sugar and cereal malts. Fair.