DrnkMcDermott (2779) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellar’s summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that it’s a weak beer, but it just seems there’s not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like it’s a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.
BenOver (49) - SLOVENIA - JUL 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark bronze with little head. Smell is gently hoppy, mostly the smell od yeast. Taste is moderately carbonated-sour, with a slight hoppy finish, sour aftertaste.
AndySnow (2883) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Old Beefeater Inn, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, fruit.
Body: Medium body, lively carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, nuts, spices, dark fruit.
Maarten1993 (272) - - JUN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank with Rik, Tijs and Thierry in Malden while watching football. Okay beer noy great. Dark. Slight licorice taste. Not that much taste and a bit watery. However, the mouthfeel and aftertaste are quite full.
kpoterlo (4) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark brown red .Ribe notes with mild bitter finish. Low carbonated.
Lele (88) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aspetto: rosso molto scuro, limpido. Schiuma densa e abbastanza persistente con sfumature marroni e rosate. Aroma: vinoso, ma anche di "stanza impolverata" (difetto della bottiglia?). Al gusto si percepisce un corpo abbastanza equilibrato. I primi accenni sono di fruttato e torrefatto. Dopodiché si sprigiona un interessante gusto vinoso (quasi da vino liquoroso) per poi finire con un amaro assolutamente non invadente. Birra davvero molto buona, assolutamente da provare (se non altro per la sua storia). L’ho trovata un po’ troppo acquosa per i miei gusti e l’aroma non mi ha convinto molto (ripeto...non so se era un difetto della bottiglia). Ma ciò non toglie che ci troviamo di fronte ad una birra di grande qualità
Iznogud (618) - CROATIA - JUN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 500 ml in London, UK. Dark brown with beige head. Malty caramel aroma and flavor. Sweet.
coranc (18) - IRELAND - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A clear dark red-brown. Off white head that disappeared. Great aroma - roasted malt, fruits, spices. Medium carbonation. Certainly different and one to sample.
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, clear red with a persistent beige head. Aromas of roasted malts and dried fruit. Taste initially sour with later sweet balance. Little carbonation. Finish malts.
ianwelby (430) - SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, clear red with a frothy beige head. Smells of malt and sour fruit. The initial flavour is the sour fruit with the malt and hops coming through more slowly It’s surprisingly air, with a lighter side showing in the aftertaste and hints of banana.
jerd16 (185) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours maroon with 1-finger tan head. Aroma is bread, banana, some plum. Some dunkel similarities. Medium-full body makes for more of a sipper. A little light in the finish and in ’real-ale’ bitterness. Molasses, more plum and a hint of liquorice in the flavor. Some metallic, earthy notes (fuggles, no doubt) accompany the caramel malt in the finish and are a little unpleasant. Well balanced and good fundamentals. Needs to be a bit more bold in presence, however, considering its lack of depth.