zimbo (901) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big head which leaves some side drifting and deep brown it is too. You taste the alcohol all right but there’s so little else on the palate from beginning to the non bitter end you can’t help but think this is Carlberg Special Brew for Hobbits.
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
15th March 2011
Clear brown beer, small off white head. Malt with a touch of marmite. Brief estery note before a bitter dry finish. Not great on cask and only a bit better from the bottle. Disappointing.
ReV2 (171) - 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 (1104) - , 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 (4814) - 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 (7322) - 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 (6719) - 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 (3565) - 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 (4071) - 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.