hopscotch (8372) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… GIABMISGFAB… Cloudy prune-colored ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is subdued, but I sense notes of wood, dark fruits and brown sugar. Full-bodied and a touch biting with medium carbonation. The flavor provides nice balance between acidity and sweetness with offerings of Calvados, caramel and more dark fruit. Tangy, fruity, and then dry finish. Thanks go out to Marsiblursi for shipping this one across the pond!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy hopscotch. Pours a candy apple red, with braids of sharp lacing on the glass and a frothy white head. Lots of sour apple in the nose, with a sugary tartness that can’t help but intrigue the senses. Fruity esters pound you. Flavor is full of cider, and nice and spicy. Brown sugar, slight caramel. Sweet, yet not overwhelming. Shares some tart qualities in the finish. Very balanced, and the body is strong. Tastes great, plain and simple.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Hopscotch. Vintage 05. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma is mostly spiced apple. Tastes of sour dark fruits, some cinnamon, little caramel. Finishes with a slightly dry taste on the palate.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 10100 - the presently highest rated beer available to me, that I haven’t yet rated. A deep red beer with a medium dark brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of herbs, spices, brown sugar, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of malt, spices, herbs, and caramel and medium notes of plums and wood, leading to a dry herbal finish.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Erasmus, Brugge, Belgium. Unclear medium to dark red brown - amber color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dryed dark fruit / berry, raisin, plum, fresh apple ad pear, cask wood, licorice, brown sugar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, a very complex flavor and smooth. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;o)) (280208)
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very dark, almost black colored beer. It has a beautiful, lasting, foamy, beige head. The aroma is so very complex. It has all kind of notes, several dark fruits, like dates and prunes. A little calvados, roasted malt, some oak. The taste is complex too, everythng from the aroma is there as well. It has also a nice chocolate bitterness. The 10% alc. gives a very warm feeling, which stays for a long time. A very great beer. If a beer can be perfect, than this is very near.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by miketd @ the Clevo tasting, thanks Mike! Dirty brown pour with a yellowed off white head. Aroma of musty malt, candied tart fruits, oak, yeast, a bit of sourness. Flavors of tart apple skin, oak, caramel malt, brown sugar, vinous fruits. Medium body, malty/tart with a tart/woody finish. Really nice brew.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On drought at the Waregen beerfest. Deep brown chesnut color and fluffy beige foam on top. Aroma is very complex. roasty notes, bread, figgs, apple, Calvados, wood, peppercake and lots of complex aromas. Taste is slight less fuller than the regular Pannepot but has more fine and complex notes. Athertaste is longlasting and super yummy.
MPA (753) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark with big, brownish head. Sweet caramel aroma with elements of molasses and dark fruit. Fruity flavour consisting mainly of dark, ripe fruits bu also with a slight hint of peaches. Heavy dosage of caramel, molasses, brown sugar and plain ol’ sweet malt as well. I like it a lot as I like all incarnations of this truly great classic. Thx J & M (and C & U).
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Bottle at "Locanda del monaco felice".
Inscrutable black with barely no head. Starts with lot of licorice, developing in peppery, coffee, pears, wood casks, toffee, vanilla. Very elegant. In mouth is fantastic, mellow, with no edges, full of flavours. The thing amazed me about this beer is that you could either sip or swallow it, because in spite of that complexity, a strong and rounded body and a 10% abv, it remains very easy drinkable, with no traces of alcohol at all. Fantastic.