Oscbert (1242) - 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 Iím 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 doesnít particularly stand out to me.
ruigo (2318) - 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 (7063) - 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 (18525) - 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 (1516) - 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 (1179) - 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.
stevoj (3930) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Boise Coop. Nice pour, initial airy head which subsides to a tight beige head. Heady aroma of malt and peat, taste moreso, with some added caramel. Earthy, cloying finish. Nice!
fugitive (1907) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Tolkienís House, Zagreb. Color black with huge head. Aroma malt, fruits, toffee. Taste sweet, caramel, roasted, malt.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 23, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle from Birsciop. Dark copper/brown, hard to see through, with a small, bubbly and persistent light beige head. Poweful and intense nose, grapey and winey, burnt caramel and dark fruits reminiscence almost like a BSA, quite nutty and slightly boozy in the background. Oaky and almost woody taste upfront, mildly astringent and slightly tannic, not exactly easy to drink as there is pretty much no fizz whatsoever. Moderate warming sensation, herbal and almost medicinal aftertaste. Flat to soft carbonation, medium body, oily texture. Maybe itís an unlucky bottle, maybe I just donít like scotch ales.