cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Box describes beer as an English Strong Ale, not an ESB. I tried this beer on October 6, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark rusty-red colour with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was nutty malt, floral hops, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet, malty, with some nuts. Alcohol was noticeable.
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark auburn. Floral hops and figs on the nose. Caramel, dried fruit and malt taste. Finishes with lingering hops and slight metallic notes. Very enjoyable.
ALLOVATE (2861) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; tried back in October last year.
At just on cool and into a Wychwood pint. Pours, as some English ales do, with scant enthusiasm but settle out as quite an attractive number. Ruddy, auburn copper and bright as bright. The head is persistent; a drabby, flabby off-white pad that manages a splattering of suds as it empties. There is a lot going on in the nose, but that could just be imagination in overdrive. Weedy, forest floor, dank liquor and cellar must with licks of cola, roasted almonds, sticky toffee and sultana, and a touch of rust. Quite sweet upfront, coming off as almost syrupy and viscous at first though not exaclty big in body. A lot of the aroma comes out in the flavour. Dominant woody, earthy, forest floor notes, mild aniseed across the side of the tongue is interesting before a dusty, old malt and hop mish-mash in the back. Weedy, bitter raisin fruit, burnt wood and metallic finish and linger. It has an interesting charm to it that becomes overpowering as it warms. Tastes more like a Stock or Old ale than anything else aside the hopping. Not too shabby, but one was enough! (50cL, BB 31/03/12, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Gription79 (2794) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle. Floral hop character, fruity alcohol notes, very malty-bread, toffee, prune. Lingering bitterness that comes on late. Not a bad beer.
espenra (987) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Systembolaget. Best before 2012-03-31. Batch 1060. Like the regular Hobgoblin this pours an amber colour with a medium big creamy head. The aroma is a bit different though. It’s a bit sweeter with notes of malts, nuts and toffee. The flavour is rich and powerful. Notes of roasted malts, nuts, toffee and caramel as well as some fruity notes. Not much hops. Overall a beefed up version of the regular Hobgoblin. Try it if you get the chance.
sm89walt (1934) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Poured a dark copper-amber with an initial one finger - though fading - beige head. Mid to dark fruits, toffee & caramel, toasty malts, demerara sugar & bread on the nose. Quite big & bittersweet on the tongue. Has pasteurised elements coming through but the sweet toffee, nuts & caramelised brown sugar dominates. Medium body, some warmth in the mouth with soft to medium carbonation & a medium duration bittersweet malt finish. A lot richer than when I had it on cask. Had a nice, crisp edge when chilled to reduce the impact of the ABV.
mkel07 (4991) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Dark copper colour with an even layer of sand coloured foam. There are some red flecks that come through when held to the light. The. Aroma is a bit of a non event, while the flavour is spice and dried fruit. The alcohol cuts through the flavour. I was expecting a bit more from this.
Dedwoods42 (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautifully rich, strong ale with an air of prestige about it. Satisfying and mysterious, much like it’s progenitor.
floydian1 (1338) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle. An amber brown beer with an ample dense cream white head. Nose is sugary sweet with notes of raisins and plums together with flowery hops and a hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to full bodied fruity malts with a medium English hop finish. Lovely smooth easy drinking palate. Like a turbo charged Hobgoblin.
Slipstream (2424) - USA - MAY 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light grain and yeast aroma. A nice, foamy head sits comfortably atop this reddish brown pour. Fairly bready flavor with some sweet malt, hops, and molasses. Flat on the palate (how English). Balanced and drinkable, but a little watery.