bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(500ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grain, caramel, biscuit, and butterscotch. Flavor of biscuit, orange, caramel, and toffee.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful copper with a beige, very creamy head. The palate is equally as creamy. It leaves your mouth with a silky feeling afterwards. Those two things may overrate this beer. However, the aroma is quite nice, but very trappist-like. You’re hit immediately with a bready yeast aroma, with some sweet sugary notes very distinctly coming from the malt. You also get this nice, complex note of damp forest floor, which adds to the depth of the nose. The initial attack on the flavor is oaky and almost port-like, but it gives way quickly and comes in with some sugary malt sweetness, and ends with that nice mellow yeast notes. Almost buttery at times. Extremely smooth, and the alcohol is almost non-existent. This is really hitting the spot. Nice effort by Fuller’s. Big success on the 2010.
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper color with an off-white head. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops Medium body. Smooth clean mounthfeel. Flavor is malty and complex with chocolate and ripe fruit. Finish shows some vanilla and is nicely bitter. Very nice beer in all aspects.
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
20/08 A 0.5 l bottle courtesy of Marko (thanks!) poured copper body with medium sized head in the glass. Caramel, sugar, toffee aroma touched with alcohol. Flavor was raw bitter grainy, alcoholic and sugary. Medium bodied, sticky, with crude alcoholic and grainy finish. Shows some character but at this moment it is not a good beer and extremely overrated here! Might age well though.
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty but not as good as the earlier ones - has yet to go sherry overload though. Partial win.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SlovakSniper (5357) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(50 cl, bouteille 64410) Un col de mousse dense flotte sur un liquide ambré. Le nez est bien malté. Des parfums d’oranges amères s’affirment et se fondent dans un alcool bien présent. Le goût est honnête avec de bonnes céréales caramélisées qui se choquent à des herbes et des fleurs. L’alcool est fort, légèrement poivré. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen avec un pétillement élevé et une texture légèrement huileuse. La finale maltée est touchée par les houblons et par l’alcool.
maledictum (762) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of soap. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, cookies and hops with notes of alcohol. Hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.
Marko (5305) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Slovenian Fuller’s store. No. 10138. Shared with the Croatian crew obviously.
Poured a copper body with a thick, medium sized ivory head that lasted a long time. Heavy alcohol in the nose, really bad, some malt too, sugary too. Dryish, slightly stale malty taste, random bitterness going in the dry, acidic finish. The maltiness isn’t bad per se and the maltiness is creamy, but this is one huge disappointment. I’ll only try this again if it gets 3-4 more years on it.
laiti (8194) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle #077271. Rated on 27.11.2010
Aroma has honey and toffee. Flavour feels a bit raw, it has honey and toffee too. Not very good at this moment, but I have a feeling that this one has potential to improve in about five years.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glorious stewed apricot colour, off-white head with green tinges. Apricots and peaches rule the roost in this beer. Stewed stonefruit and malt biscuit aroma with mature complexity. A lot to like about the smell.
Upon tasting, it is warm, silky and unctuous. Quite obvious fruity apricot and peach tones. Mellow, full and spicy. There’s more going on with layers of those flavours developing, subsiding and coming back for a generous finish. Thoroughly enjoyable. So much so that I may buy another bottle and keep it for a while.