ALLOVATE (2556) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beeryum!!! This went down a treat. Had mad expectations after staring at ’MattBob’s’ Avatar, had to see if the beer meets the grandish bottle presentation. Poured into an English pint glass, cool and not cold, clear deep russet brown body with very, very fine carbonation raising up an extraordinarily dense, creamy off-white crown that lasted the length and left rings down the glass. 5 for 5 on presentation. Husky, woody and slightly smoked, toasted malt nose with an underlying hint of prunes and sultanas that progressed into the taste. Rich fruit and muesli grain mix in the mouth; sultanas, toasted and burnt malt, and some woody, nutty notes. Body was lighter than expected. A little sweet upfront, but the mid-palate and beyond dries out, with fruit and dark malts following through into a husky and bitter, yet quite refreshing, smoky malt and grassy hops swallow. Unexpectedly good, balanced and easy to drink. A nice Bitter. (568ml, 5.2%, BBE 02/06)
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 (5.2% bottle) Aroma is lightly hopped with caramel notes. Average size frothy off-white head which produces good lacing and is mostly lasting. Colour is dark red. Light to moderate bitterness with some sweetness present. There is also some hop spiciness and alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pasteurised. Added co2. 5.2%. A smooth, bland slightly sweet malt with edges of toffee and that boiled sweet quality that pasteurised beers have. Suggestions of fruit, but nothing really defined. Hops are integrated and barely noticable. There’s nothing directly offensive about this other than lack of character so it’s quite drinkable, but it does fail to make an impression. A smooth, sweetish alcoholic malt drink is probably the fairest description.
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, 5.2%. Dark copper colour, big foamy beige head. Fruity hoppy flavour with hints of malts. Fruity hoppy flavour with a bit artificial sweetness. Very sweetish bitter beer. Wellbalanced.
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in London and at Norrlands Nation, Uppsala (Sweden) - tasted the same at both places, so I’m putting the same review in for the export and non-export versions. Nice and dark, creamy almost brown ale, but bitter and fruity. Great fruity aroms, very impressive overall.
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, alc. 5.2%
Nut brown, good creamy head, lace. Nutty hoppy aroma. Woody, nutty, sweetish flavor. Mild nutty hoppy aftertaste.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[bottle from asda] nose is nutty malts with some caramel notes and some light, fruity hop notes. body feels dead and fizzy, a touch of bitterness in the finish
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sharp initial taste of vegemite and then it smooths out very quickly with strong malt flavours and dried fruit. Colour of the body is ruby brown with a light tan head that was fairly compact and mostly lasting. Aroma is of dried fruit, sultanas and prunes. Quite like the bitterness in this as well as the hops that balance out the malt very well.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong Earthy hops and malty aroma. Had a spicy flavor with a nice hop contrast. Very strong finish with this beer. Need to be eating a hearty food to drink this. Pass the pasta.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Robe rousse surmontée d’une mousse généreuse. Arômes de caramel et de diacétyl. Saveurs de carton... caramélisé...