AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured dark caramel brown with a thin tan head. Nose is a bit smoky and cardboard. The flavor is more oxidized and just not good. Like burnt cardboard.
gunnfryd (8543) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry, roasted, hop, caramel. Flavour is dry, roasted, hop, caramel, fruit, cellar notes. Easy drinkable nice beer.
Alphadelic (1629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle: Deep pinky brown liquid with a creamy off-white head which hangs around for quite a while. The aroma holds something of stale coffee and a slight liquorice root edge along with some dark fruitiness. Deliciously full-bodied with roasty flavours with a sweet beginning turning a little bitter in the finish. Leaves a boozy taste in the mouth. Maybe a little over-fizzy but its borderline. A tasty bitter, a little reminiscent of Traquair’s Laird’s Liquor but less intense. It has the eucalyptus notes of the LL but is a little lighter overall. A wee bit nutty. With a tongue-tingling finish. A roasty bitter, very pleasant. I could definitely enjoy this for the long haul.
yngwie (10754) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. It pours a clear, amber body with a small off-white head leaving some lacings. Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a little hops and something reminiscent of oxidation in the aroma. Caramel too. Full-bodied and sweet, with caramel, roasted malt giving some coffee and chocolate, and a hoppy fruityness and bitterness. The finish is much the same, both hops and malts doing their job. Quite a nice one, but doesn’t stand out. (081025)
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of candy sweetness, light earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of earthyness keeps it dry, long bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4118) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a bubbly white head.
Smell: Malt, nut-covered nose with some light notes of spice and fruit.
Taste: Altogether nutty maltiness with a light caramel sweetness. Tiny bit of berry fruitiness. Light hops, spicy and floral, with a small amount of bitterness. Fine dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively soft, smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Keenly drinkable and refreshing, due in part to it’s low ABV.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a half liter bottle Pours light brown/red but clear pale with a small almost non existent head. Smells of oak and malts. First sip is malty and spicy with a slight bitter hop presence. Finishes well. Nicely bodied slightly under carbonated
rane (778) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber colour with off white head. Aroma malty with some roasted notes, maybe oak. Taste malts, rye and something smoked as well. Nice.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber golden body, white head; Very interesting malty sweet white bread nose; Super fresh but very simple bitter body; Sweet and very bitter fruity finish.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Nelson Wines. I agree with Ian, this is more an ESB than an old ale. Mid brown with a peristent small cream-coloured head. Bready malt aroma and a dry, slightly fruity taste. Solid and enjoyable.