hawthorne00 (2947) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 version, 7.8%. Amber with a coat of cream head. Aroma of caramel fudge, grass, hazelnuts, vanilla, white pepper, hints of other spices like galangal, cardamon. A bit lighter bodied than expected and perhaps less sweet too. But delightful almost milky texture with low carbonation. Layers of caramel, some nuts, spices. Moderate but insistent bitterness. Lovely beer.
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour misty look small head medium carbonation aromas syrup caramel wood honey rich fruit the flavours syrup honey caramel a sticky note plums figs raisins absorbing ale smooth rich but with a smoothness has a woody note of pear wonderful ale the finish rich rewarding throughout good hops sweet malts natural flavours a well compiled ale
beer-yum (940) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alluring aroma of fruit and grass in a dark brown liquid. Flavours is surprisingly laid-back and manages to totally hide its strength. Sample was from an aged keg (vintage 2013) and I can’t see how it got anything but better for it.
dathzo (24) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a bottle in Franz Josef. Now this is an enjoyable beer. Belgian-strong-ale style and Nelson hopiness.
k0mpsa (1854) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpump at pomeroys, christchurch. Dark reddish brown, small white head. Aroma is sweet notes, wood, earth, raisin. Smooth palate, wood, alcohol, sweetness.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to admit it, English Strong Ales are really my thing at the moment. And this does the business. Served in one of Hashigo Zake’s lovely tulip glasses, the rich aroma of chocolate and port kept me just inhaling for minutes before taking my first sip. Full and sweet in the mouth, lovely toffee flavour leading to a rich sticky-sweet port-like finish, the hops doing just enough to leave a linger delicious aftertaste. Very very nice.
Cantabrian (954) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpump at Pomeroy’s, at the lovely company of Travlr and Jimthechap. I’m not a fan of the colour of summer tidepool, but I love the vast range of fruits, malts and nutiness in the flavour. Had this beer a thicker body, it would be an instant favourite.
Travlr (16923) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask handpull at Omeroys. Hazy dark reddish brown color, bright tan edge head. Aroma of nutella on toast. Taste is watery caramel, toast, subtle peppermint. Decent. Needs more body. Add rye?
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
rather disappointing, moderately sweet maltiness seems to predominate, and there’s not much in the way of richness nor flavour to fill it out. a little sticky tropical fruit perhaps, and a rather full palate, but otherwise...eh, it’s okay.