JoeMcPhee (9554) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Cloudy golden-orange pour. Aroma is a mess. Infected and stale with a touch of leathery character. Soft sweet caramel and a bit of tartness. Has some bottling issues going on. Meh. Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Courtesy of jdubFL. Pours copper with thin off white head. The aroma is spicy yeast, sweet malts and then growing tart and sour notes. The taste tart, mildly berry fruit tartness and some sour for a little while there. In the background is a consistent level of lemon tart candy. Plovmand (8624) - Grindsted, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber body with a medium white head. The aroma is caramel, spices, sweet malt and yeast. The flavour is sweet malt, yeast, spices and some fruit. Sweet fruity finish. Still quite refreshing. Sledutah (7841) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22oz bottle from Jblauvs AirForceHops (7820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Appearance: Clear golden with small white head that lasts until the last sip and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, smokey and dark fruits
Taste: Caramel, sugary and smokey
On tap at brewpub. Served in a tulip glass. This version is a smooth Farmhouse Ale. Poured a pretty light rose color with a slowly receding white head. Small thin lacing as I drank. Aroma is sweet raisins or white grape with yeasty highlights. Very light on the nose/ Solid, syrupy palate with low carbonation. Random fruit like flavor ( grape or raisins) Very thin, light mouthfeel. Has a fair amount of drinkability. Very smooth, easy drinker.
ClarkVV (6879) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Draught version, sampled at EBF ’06. Authentic amounts of esters and mildly perceptible alcohol notes rise up to greet me, but are quickly lost amid a flurry of sweet, almond and honey covered maltiness. Light bits of vanillin and touches of bubble gum dry things, while a plethora of nectarines, peaches, pears, apples and other fruits finish the aroma. The flavor is quite clean, though the alcohol, through a bit of a sharpness, is notable on end. Chico yeast used for this one, really keeps things fairly clean, though the higher than normal fermentation on this one as well, adds more fruitiness. Thick almondine sugars, vanilla frosting and cakey sweet malts assail the palate, while hop apparency is low, adding light notes of floral bitterness. Fair amount of dough and light white pepper suggestions on the finish. Thick, heavily creamy mouthfeel is broken up by the moderate carbonation.sonnycheeba (6360) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Caramelized golden raisin addition, cask version. Powerfully sweet, caramelly and certainly very fruity. The raisins are front and center here. Both the nose and flavor get a sweet, sugary, raisiny boost that seemed unncessary in an already heavily malty example. The flavors are done right, but it just dosent work in this situation. Low carbonation on the cask version further exacerbates things. Cloying, unfortunately. Numbers are for the draught version.
Tap at brewery. Pours clear light amber with fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, caramel, lemon, herbs, and light spice. Flavor is dry malts balanced with subtle citrus and herb notes with faint toast; dry finish with a slight hint of spice. Light body and medium carbonation. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Generous white head comforts the light orange coloured body. Interesting sweet/tart combination greets the nose with a good estery fruitiness hinting at pineapple, peach, banana, white grapes, light tannins reminiscent of herb tea. Its malty nature remains globally sweet, drawing the line between dough and biscuits. Soft yet persistent carbonation is efficient in asking for the next sip. Rather exotic an example, avoiding the mustiness, earthyness of my favourite examples, but surpassing them in fruit range and the mouthfeel is solid. Could just be a bit drier as seems to be the case with every Portsmouth I’ve had, but this sure didn’t feel like 8.5%. snoworsummer (6080) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy medium brown with a thin white head. Tastes sweet and malty, strong with hints of apple and strawberry. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like slightly sour fruit, musk, and malt. thornecb (6066) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours gold into a snifter. Bubbly head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet candi upfront turning to an earthy toast in the lasting slightly sweet finish.