The_Osprey (5318) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007. Many thanks to Fin for this. Dark hazy orange, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is apple, tired malts, some varnish, solvent, quite harsh. Body is smooth, light carbonation. Taste is tangy, smooth malt, some apple, booze. The passage of time has not been kind to this one. It’s OK. (2.9)
Garrold (3663) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Amber colour. Minimal head. Chewy, juicy, fruity malts. Light oxidation. Taste is toffee sweet. Rich malts. Nice one.
RichTheVillan (5825) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at CWC II; clear dark amber pour with a tiny bubbly iridescent head, aroma has sweet malts a grapes, taste is very sweet, a hint of caramel, some wood.
Mr_Pink_152 (3120) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried at Cotteridge 2. Ruby colour with a thin head. Aroma dark and fruity. taste slight sweet with a body and light sweet finish.
SarkyNorthener (3792) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to Fin, cheers Fin. Dark Amber beer. Aroma of sweet malts, woody and sherry. Taste is sweet caramel, brown sugar, woody and sherry. Sticky full body on the palate. Excellent stuff.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Aroma is oxidised, caramel, sherry, dried fruit. Taste of caramel, sherry, dried fruit, berries. Sweet and bitter.
allmyvinyl (8684) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Aromas of oak, caramel. Taste is sweet, woody. Finishes nutty, woody. Lovely. Glad to have tried.
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is oxidised, woody, caramel, toffee, taste is sweet, sickly caramel, rich and fruity.
Theydon_Bois (15554) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Fin for trading me this one, 13/08/14.
Murky chestnut brown with moderate beige edgeing.
Nose is mellow dark fruits, dates, vanilla fudgedom, fruit cake.
Taste comprises light booze, spice, light musty tones, dark toffee, trace of vanilla.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close.
Decent - has aged well.
Scopey (11367) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Jack’s, big thanks to Colin! It pours murky deep brown with a small white head. The nose is toasty, toffee, lights fruits, sweet raisin, sultana, rich and earthy. The taste is slick, woody, caramel, toffee, candied fruits, fruit cake, plum skin, banana bread with a smooth, earthy finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Has aged gracefully. Rather nice.