stevoj (3589) - 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 (1835) - 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.
Marstonlad (698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Oak Barrel, Helsinki-V airport. Pours dark brown with a little head. The aroma features creamy fudge, vanilla, oak and caramel, gives an aged impression. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, very malty. Caramel, vanilla, bread and some dark fruitiness appear. The palate is medium bodied, fairly flat, a bit sticky. Nice flavours, could perhaps use a fuller body.
leghorn99 (201) - Livorno, ITALY - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Il colore Ť bruno, quasi di corteccia, invitante e sontuoso, con riflessi rubino; la schiuma si presenta fine, ocra e persistente. Al naso si percepiscono nettamente note di miele di castagno, caramello, frutta secca e fave di cacao a cui fa capolino, col passare del tempo, una nota legnosa e di rabarbaro. Líaroma Ť ben strutturato, elegante ed invita a una degustazione puntuale e rilassata. In bocca il corpo Ť medio e la carbonazione lieve, al gusto si distinguono nettamente note di cola, fave di cacao e frutta secca, contrappuntata da una leggera aciditŗ abbastanza tipica in queste birre dai sapori tostati.
Il finale Ť rotondo ed offre una bella sensazione di persistenza caratterizzata da cacao amaro e liquirizia accompagnata da una piacevole sensazione di warming che rivela il grado alcolico (7.2%).
sir__v (1756) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear dar brown beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: roasted malt and chocolate domination. Small grapes finish and small sour notes. Very great nose ! Taste: nice roasted malt well balanced with sour finish and raisin. Notes of plums. Small chocolate finish. Aftertaste: bitterness and caramel.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.25 A: Dark amber brown that is constantly changing color based on the amount and angles of light. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a bit below average and not much lacing is left.
4.75 S: The nose on this is incredible. I just had the Jacobite Ale not long ago and I can now smell what was under all that coriander. Powerful, yet supple peat and mineral. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Oaken woodiness. Earthy and outdoorsy. Doesnít have the big, bold aromas of a lot of American brews, but it has the sophistication and integration of the Trappist brews. Really well done.
3.75 T: The taste is very good, but itís only a tenth of pleasurable as the smell. Still, itís a tasty brew. Peat and mineral. Oak and earthiness. Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. It comes together well, but just not as well as the nose. Iím picking up a big more tannic astringency than Iíd like as well.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit of tannic astringency on finish. This could benefit from some more creaminess.
3.75 D: Overall itís a pretty damn good brew. I didnít pick up any astringency in the Jacobite, so maybe this is just how this batch turned out.
JanEric (1166) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown to dark brown colour, minimal head. Aroma is malty, with some caramel. Same in the taste, nice full body, sweetish, low bitterness, nice ale.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great Scottish beer. Light in color and light in taste. This is a smooth look and night finish.
RhetoricalAns (772) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle. Clear dark brown pour, thin but fairly long lasting light brown head. Caramel aroma, some wood, light roast. Taste is semi sweet, vanilla, caramel, oak. Medium body, soft carbonation.