ReV2 (168) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There’s nothing wrong with this beer a bit of bottle conditioning couldn’t put right. A stronger version of Hobgoblin with more caramel added.
mike67 (1006) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with an off-white, tall, long lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, earthy hops and cherry. Body is full and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery notes fill the mouth. Finish is long, peppery. Delicious brew.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich and toasty nose with medium bitterness. Pours a lovely deep amber with a fluffy head and good lace. A very pretty beer. Flavour is very pleasant - vineous, cerealey, full of sweet malt and underpinned slightly with a hop biterness. Well balanced, and surprisingly fresh for a beer of this hue and strength. Not bad at all.
Holmen1 (4120) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske hos Ole Anders des-12: søtlig aroma med citrus. Mørk gylden farge med kort skum. Frutkig smak med litt honningsødme. Behagelig karbonert men ikke den helt store munnfylden til 6,6%. God, men ikke sublim slik bryggeriet påstår.
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy amberish brown with a pillowy and receding white head. Delightful malty nose with crystal malt, some earthy toffee, a pleasant grassy hoppiness, and just the slightest touch of bubblegum. Taste was strong and kinda boozy, suprisingly so for its mild strength (by American standards). Flavor was doughy and earthy with some dark sweetness, toast, a little bit of bitter fig, a bit of grassy and slightly metallic bitterness, on a yeasty-doughy dry finish. I was kinda unimpressed.
Sigmund (6108) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Malty aroma, also "perfumed" notes, caramel and candy. Sweetish perfumed flavour too, the alcohol is not well hidden. Caramel and toffee, low bitterness.
abemorsten (3439) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 500 ml bottle courtesy of neonwalk. Clear hazelnut colered body with a small white head. Toffee, butter biscuits nose. Sweet, caramel, full bodied and well balanced bitterness.
SarkyNorthener (3483) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark copper colour small head with a little lacing. Toffee aroma. Taste is of malts, caramel and small kick of alcohol. An OK beer in the wider scheme but not of the high standard set by other ESA’s.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not so storng but very nice to drink. It is very nice to find differences between the bottle and cask versions. Nice foam and features.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, LCBO. Dark copper, big thick creamy head. Dusty, fruity aroma - notes of raisin, bread, caramel malt as well. Taste - earthy bitterness up front - really earthy. Sweet linger. In the middle it is sweet, dry - lots of malts happening here and some odd hops, which I assume are sovereign hops from the deScription. Not really my hop, but they work here and make this one unique. Alcohol well hidden and the soft body is pretty good, just a tad watery. Not a bad effort.