JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: very nice, reminiscent of yellow raisins. A very specific fruity/citrusy sourishness one more commonly finds in Belgian ale. Lovely, fresh hops, sweet, caramel malt. Hints of strawberry bon-bons and lime. Acorns.
Appearance: copper towards warm golden hue. Clear body. Yellowish fluffy head.
Flavour: begins with porridge and syrup. A sweet malty flavour that soon delves into some nice hop bitterness. A bit cloying unfortunately. Big, fruity and slightly funky. Roasted chestnuts. Vanilla & cherries.
Palate: very smooth. The body Iíd expect from a much heavier beer. Not bad at all.
Scouser (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy amber colour with no lacing or head. Aroma raisin, butterscotch. Tastes just like it smells l, raisins, butterscotch, alcohol(sherry), and a bit of sweet orange. I donít normally comment on palate....but this one leaves a "buttery" film in the mouth; nice. A very good beer!
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2008 carted back from the UK after my honeymoon....tried a lot of other years but this one is a shocker! talk about insipid! really nothing going for it...
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 500ml. Pours marmalade-golden, with intially deep head that quickly dissipates into non-existence. Dark malt and treacle on the nose, and slightly syrupy on the palate, with honey overtones. A very decent ale.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy orange amber with a 1 finger creamy off white head. Great retention and some decent lacing. Aromas of honey, caramel malts, some fruity notes, and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet up front with dark fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and a decent bitter finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. I was at first pretty underwhelmed with this offering, but as the glass grew emptier I started to enjoy it a lot more. It is just a well balanced nicely crafted beer.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Odeed for this. Pours a nice amber hue with a decent head and lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma. A little residual hop aroma and some sweet toffee notes. Light lemon rind, toffee, bread yeast, and just a pinch of phenolic character. Quite a bit of rough bitterness and some fusels make me wish I would’ve laid this down for another year. Then again, with what I’m tasting - my particular bottle probably wouldn’t hold up. A bit rough on the finish with more fusel character coming to the forefront along with the general "green" character of the bottle. I’d say, if you have a bottle lay it down for another year and see how it turns out.
JoeZasada (315) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a reddish amber hue, with a never-ending head... a beautiful ílookí to the beer...
Tastes quite malty, with a nice hopped bitterness to finish... an excellent beer!
brokephibroke (314) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
spicy, fruity aroma with a huge initial head which slowly dissapates into the English pint glass quite loudly. As it settles into a cooper pour and off white head, I notice the malt aroma and raisans. Nicely balanced, sweet up front bitter swallow and a mellow bitter after taste. Pretty good effort from across the pond, but lacking that certain backbone...
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been getting one of these in my stocking at X-mas for the past four years. I always look forward to drinking it. Absolutely excellent ale. Everything has been said already.