Vladivostok (352) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 Up to 5% now. Dark-ish bitter with a strong citrus character and a competing flavour of (very) sweet malt. All finished with a typically sharp and bitter aftertaste. Citrus is not really my thing and somehow the beer doesn’t seem to balance out that well although I’m sure plenty of drinkers will find it more to their taste than I did.
joe19612 (2288) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ascot 2015. Pours a clear brown colour with a white head, aroma is malt with some caramel, taste is bitter with dry finish.
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Dark orange, hazy, small white head. Aroma has orange and lemon. Body is light, pretty foamy, no carbonation. Taste has straw, stick, toffee malt. Pretty nice.
wheresthepath (1876) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading at 5%. Attached to the Liberation American Brown Ale tap- it was only after intense pressure that the barman admitted they’d connected up the wrong barrel and it was actually this- damn ’Spoons. Turned out to be a lucky error though as it was a bit of a cracker. Poured deep gold with a thick white head. Lovely smooth and creamy caramel malts up front give a great mouthfeel. There’s a big spicy zing and sweet orange, passion fruit and melon after. Lovely stuff, but still annoyed at missing out a Jersey rate.
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huddersfield Beer Festival. Copper coloured ale. Has a high tropical fruit aroma and taste. Medium-full bodied.
chris337 (40) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Watership Down Inn beer festival Friday 5th September 2014. Served in plastic glasses.
Tide (2440) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at bar. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, grapefruit, hops, toast and malts. Bitter finish with grapefruit and caramel. Excellent real ale.
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brown body, small offwhite head. Aroma has some fruits, nuts, fudge and caramel. Some hops too. Bit watery, but nice cask ale.
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the St Urho's, Helsinki, Finland.
Clear red colour with a small off-white head.
Mild floral hops, lots of metal coins and some malt in the aroma.
The flavour is floral hops, mild metal, moderate bitterness and some berries.
Watery and harsh bitter. Not that enjoyable.
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FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (Black Door, Helsinki, Helsinki)
Lovely rich sweet fruity aroma for a bitter - swear there are almost cherries in it, thw fruitiness is to tangible. Looks great for a simple ruddy bitter - lovely persistent spongy head. First sip gave me a wow, not sure why, but it was just an outburst of joy from my psyche to have the drink in my mouth, this is vastly better than my prior mikkeller mess in every way. Such a soft palate, beautiful gentle carbonatio. A lovely rich malty body, some clear caramelly barley sweetness, and a really full earthy twiggy bitterness - lovely! Slight mushroominess accompanies the dry resiny finish. I did feel the effects of the alcohol in the mikkeller k:rap, but this is exuding a wonderful drinkability - every sip makes me want to take another, and the mellowness that the "yum" provides makes me feel soberer, just with a sense of well-being that bitter is still being brewed like this. (And of course that it’s available to me too!)