Brandman (1886) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy red amber body, white head. Aeoma has ginger, mint, pink and black pepper, sage and lots of mixed spiciness. Flavour has more malt, sage and soapy Xmas spices. Quite unstable.
edsspoon (51) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber with a thick, off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, fruit and spices. Taste of dry malt, nutmeg, spiciness, mild bitterness - sweet and fruity. Interesting beer and really nice.
rosenbergh (5935) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Murky red brown colour with a tiny off-white head.
The aroma is like xmas beer full of spices.
The flavour is mild brett, a overdose of spices and some maltiness. Too much spices and nothing much more. A disappointment.
Tmoney99 (9977) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap sample. Poured hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus, spice and sour yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. I would not recommend this to a friend.
mR_fr0g (1787) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at brewdog Shepard’s bush. Clear bright red colour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is pargummed sweet cardamom honey and belgian yeast esters. Flavour is sweet earthy dirt and honey malt. Low belgian blond yeast and some perfume spices. Short woody duration. Drinks pretty good. Light sweetness on the palate.
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. I was disappointed in this brew. It sounded so intriguing on the menu.
alexsdad06 (4353) - Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, big spice character, yeast, the apricots are there but mild, some earth and a somewhat harsh chemical note. The flavors don’t mesh well together.
b3shine (4215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a murky light brownish orange with foamy white head. Smells intense; spices and yeast that mix to form what almost seems to a a smoke-like aroma. A bit of apricot too; but it takes a few whiffs to discern. Tastes like it smells, but without the smoke, and with a touch of bretty dampness. Average on the palate. Eh.
Brigadier (2741) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
Of all the brands to make it across the ocean I was surprised to see Wild Beer make the cut. While their beers are solid they do not seem like good candidates to survive the trip in good shape. Based on this data point I think I will be skipping any future imports in favor of trying them fresh. If this is your first experience with Wild Beer don’t be fooled; they can do better.
Aroma / Appearance - Ruby red with a tannish head the base contains a mixture of chestnuts, coffee, and malt. The brett was not too apparent. Moreso was a blend of almonds and maple syrup. Thick and suffocating for a 6% ABV release it lingers like a dense fog.
Flavor / Palate - Juniper and yeast tickle the tongue. Chestnuts, powdered sugar, and malts are very much a British take on a Belgian ale. I hope that if the Kernel makes it overseas their beers come in a better state than this - a mediocre shadow of a potentially excellent draft.
DrSilverworm (4745) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dutch’s. Mostly hazy kind of amber brown color. Pours with a big airy foamy off-white / khaki head. Eventually fades to a thin khaki head, leaves a couple ropes and dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Slick, bigger, kind of creamy mouthfeel. Really nice roast apricot lends kind of a dark fruity aroma, and good balanced spice character. Moderate sweet, lightly tart, lightly spicy taste. Solid stuff. I really enjoy subtle roast apricot, works well with the pleasant, balanced amount of spices.