evergreen0199 (3636) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2012, Olympia, London. A golden coloured pour with a small white head on top. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, malty, fruity, slight bitterness. Decent. planky84 (3603) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at Chris O’s pre-GBBF shindig 2012. Yellow pour with a white head. Citrus and pear aroma. Sweet spice and citrus flavour. Fruity finish. john44 (3510) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Cask at GBBF 2012. (Brief tasting notes and rating from old records) - Hazy gold. Very Fruity. Very Hoppy. Not so malty. Not at all stouty. Liked this. Very drinkable. (Backlog) BenH (3424) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle, thanks Cam. Golden with a white head. Hoppy aroma, slightly peppery, citrus, little soapy, orange. Taste has spicy peppery hops, light citrus, orange, caramel, slightly earthy, British hops. No real sign of alcohol. Not a stout but good danlo (3424) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2014
500ml bottle from Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. Clear golden colour, big frothy white foam head and fruity aroma with mango notes. Taste is malty, bready, dried fruits, earthy, spice, hop resins and lingering bitterness. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, earthy peppery hop bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.
Beese (3355) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Cask at GBBF 2012. Poured a clear, deep golden colour, with a thin white head. Aroma of fruity aroma, with some grassy hop and strong malt notes. Smooth malty flavour, with tinned fruits and some bread. Finish was bitter resin, passionfruit and caramel. joe19612 (3157) - Camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2012. Pours a pale gold colour with a thin white head, plenty of fruit in the aroma, the taste is bitter with fruit with a good dry finish. Need to try this beer again. stravale (3150) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - FEB 7, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2012 Bottle from the Durham Brewery
ALLOVATE (3095) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2016
Golden amber...at room temperature clear straw colour...creamy haze 30 mins out of the fridge....bubbly frothy head that dissipates to thin layer....reasonable good lacing (It’s a Gold Stout !)
Aroma - Fruity golden malts..citrus fruits without citrus tang...hint of banana and gooseberries..subdued hops..yeast ester notes..some alcohol on the nose....complex
Taste - Rich fruity pale golden malts.....light honey..belgian yeast characteristics....complex...quite like a belgian golden ale to me but more viscous...fruits as aroma but less so...alcohol is particularly noticeable - seems to be around the 8.5% mark for a golden beer..however this does not distract the flavour too much...some hop bitterness in the background.....good sipper to pick out different flavour nuances (predominantly from the yeast)...unusual but good flavour from an English brewery!
Palate - soft carb...oily, creamy, slight powdery texture...medium body. Finish - creamy malts...considerably more hop and alcohol bitterness here ...warming alcohol tail..clears well off palate
Overall - Interesting, fairly complex beer, Belgian influences in there, really good aroma. I’m impressed with this beer, however the alcohol has considerable presence. I can’t help thinking it would be better at a slightly lower abv, perhaps 6.7%.
Take 2 08/02/2012....Twitter tasting event..room temp this time...better than rec. 10C...clear with flecks of yeast......picked up cake mix in the taste and got some floral notes ...still seems higher than 7.2% but the resinous texture does increase the drinkability....It’s not a stout but an ’English’ Belgian Golden Ale
A White Stout left me contemplating a black, roasted malt beer encapsulated in essence in a pale ale, like some modern El Bulli cuisine trickery; but it weren’t to be!!...Low pffft and off comes the cap. Into a tulip at just on cool. Medium, compact white head atop a deep yellow body that shimmers when held to the lights. A rather English fruit mince mix of orange marmalade and bitter orange peel, apricot, peach and a hint of ripe plums tickles the nose - all things stonefruit in here. Bitter, sweet orange - peel, pith and flesh dominate this one. Heat suggesting fusels lap the finish. It is slightly vinous and sightly tart with a leafy, grapeskin astringency on the swallow. Loads of pale stonefruit make it quite palatable. The body quite lean but not sessionable. The carbonation quite soft aiding its fruit wine quality. Lastingly bitter and rounded. It grew on me...., but not a ’Stout’ given the history of dark malts and the introduction of pale kilned malts well after this style was the norm! (50cL, BBE 04/17, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)