Benzai (9548) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Dark brown color with a nice dark red glare coming through, medium to full sized beige head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is quite faint, don’t get much really. Taste is malts, a bit thin, lightly a hint of roastyness, a hint of raisins and dark fruits, lightly bitter. Decent body, medium carbonation.
gopherfan99 (753) - CROATIA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours brown with a thin khaki head, has a light caramel aroma, taste is sweet caramel with some dark fruit and hints of chocolate, yeast, and vanilla, light bitter dry finish, alcohol is subtle, nice beer
ansjelaah (1617) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @benzai. Dark brown color with a off-white head. Smells roasty, malts. Tastes watery, roasty, malts, iron, dark fruits.
DutchDrebus (4501) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber colour, small off-white head. Smells sweetish, malts, some herbs.. Not a lot of smell. Tastes sweetish, slightly iron/rust, malts, hint of caramel. Not bad. Medium body, aoft carbo.
rosenbergh (7864) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. BBE Aug/22. Ukkometso, Tampere, Finland.
Dark ruby red colour with a tiny off-white head.
Berries, malt, sweetness, mild hops and mild alcohol in the aroma.
The flavour is sweet malt, alcohol, berries, mild bitterness and mild vinous elements. Smooth and rich. 7.2% kicks slightly in after couple of sips.
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Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet smelling molasses and toffee. Pours a dark ruby color with good head. Good carbonation. Rather sweet tasting, somewhat over powering for me. Overall, a rather Scottish beer that is a bit too sweet.
Calisky (1397) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée brune, légère mousse blanche. Bon nez malté caramel, note douce sucré, sucre d’orge. Gout de fruits noirs (raisin sec, prunes), malté caramel (un peu grillé et sucré). Bonne petite amertume en fin de bouche. Bien douce en bouche.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUL 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Way to estery and vegemity for me to fully appreciate, though this did come towards the end of a tasting. Along with the aforementioned flavours included dark fruits, some nuts and chocolate. Will likely need to revisit, though it will have it’s work cut out to impress, based on this outing.
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cola colored scotch ale with a good foam. Fine malty aroma. The flavor of caramel and malt strength of the alcohol.
Slightly bitter spicy taste, a bit too strong
Bulk_Carrier (2499) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a thistle glass. The side of the bottle says "best before June 2018."
The appearance was a really dark red close to a hazed over dark brown of sorts kind of color. The head was about one finger’s worth of white foaminess that must have maintained itself for at least a good three minutes before it gently concaved into the body. The lacing was semi-thick and broadened itself all around the glass.
The smell had a strong sweet peatiness overpowering some light roasted caramel notes with a sweet nuttiness underneath. Also, there’s a nice light vanilla and dark fruits really underneath.
The taste was mainly the sweet caramel notes and a touch of the nuts come back through some woody notes (assuming the oak barrels it was aged in). The aftertaste and finish are dry and sweet leading with the caramel notes.
On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a slight sessionability to it. The carbonation was extremely subdued but that’s okay as the peat helps to maintain the stability of this beer.
Overall, this was a wonderful offering by Traquair for the style and for me.