Zlotta (1316) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle from FIRMA BIER, bottled in august 2014 (one year old). Clear, dark red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of raisins, blackcurrant, plums, molasses and licorice. Sweetish-malty taste of molasses, cane sugar, licorice, raisins and blackcurrant, followed by a short, slightly bitter, coffeish finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, average carbonation. Quite tasty but also not that interesting. Decent brew without any surprises.
poolstar (43) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark beer, malts . liquorice, some dark fruits,strong boozy aftertaste, decent beer
colui72 (562) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent ale. Dark amber-brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of malts and molasses. Taste adds caramel, roasted dark malts and the oak left a smoky-woody aroma. Low bitter ending. Smooth and easy to drink.
Oscbert (1214) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Sweet bready, aroma. Hard to pinpoint what I’m smelling. Oak, raisin,vanilla, coconut.
~Pours a dark amberish brown with small lasting creamy light tan head.
~Sweet flavor as well with some strong oak flavor and slight roast, earth hop character of wood and leaves.
~Medium bodied, medium co2, lingering bitter roastiness.
~Enjoyable beer, would love to enjoy with friends on a cool evening, but doesn’t particularly stand out to me.
ruigo (2042) - PORTUGAL - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle Dark brown colour with a small thin tan head. Caramel, dates, raisins and toffee in the aroma. Soft carbonation and full body. Taste is medium sweet at front with bitter notes coming forward. Overall, a very good beer.
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown with a frothy average head. Aromas of caramel, liquorice, sherry, alcohol. Sweet, with a tart and bitter touch, and an alcoholic finish. Soft carbonation and watery to oily mouthfeel. A bit cloying.
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage @ Croydonia. Deep reddish amber with a modest head. Red apple and cocoa. Rich malty punch. Taste of tobacco Infused liquorice. Toast. Brown bread and cocoa. Still pretty hot! Oily and soft. Decent.
Leighton (17456) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles shared in London - big thanks to Paul and Jack.
Vintage 2011. Pours clear golden brown with a bubbly khaki head. The nose has lightly toasted bread, ripe fruits, fig, leather. Medium sweet flavor with lots of leathery fruits, earth, toasted grains, faint ash and cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes with more toasty bread, faint metal, earth, toffee. Not bad. (3.6)
Vintage 1991. Pours clear light brown with a slight, bubbly white head. A fair bit of oxidation in the nose, some caramel, leather. Medium sweet flavor with a bit of tobacco, rich figs, bread, mellow alcohol. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with lots more fig, date, bread. Certainly some age, but very nicely nuanced. (3.8)
Vintage 1985. Pours clear brown, darker than the previous vintages, with a bubbly tan head. Nice aroma with rich burnt crackers, bread, toffee, faint cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor with a bit of burnt pine, slight metal, burnt toast, grain, toffee. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Fairly bitter on the finish with more pine, earth, ashy cocoa, dried berry, so e beat-up leather. Pretty interesting. (3.6)
Vintage 1977, batch 6. Pours clear, light brown with a few bubbles for a head. Mellow aroma, suggestions of bread and caramel, grain. Light sweet flavor with some tangy berries, earthy bitterness, oily fruits, bitter grain, caramel. Medium bodied, chewy, with soft carbonation. Finishes with bready malts, more caramel, some toffee, light berry, grain. Not bad overall, especially given the age. (3.4)
McWorta (1292) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown colour with a small beige light creamy head. Aromas of malts, bread, dried raisins, some caramelised nuts and fruity-herb notes develop. Lightly carbonated, slick texture with a full body. Fruity-malt sweetness up front with light woody notes to it and a light faint bitterness. Lasting finish. Pretty complex beer.
MonsterMagnet (994) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Bottle, pours brown/black with an off white head. Aroma: burnt caramel, prunes, raisins, hint of peat, wood, herbs, earthy. Taste: burnt caramel, dark fruit, elderberries, some peat, molasses, bay leaf, herbs. Medium sweet, light-moderate bitter, oily texture, somewhat thin, medium body, soft carbonation. Sweet, slightly cloying finish.