Grumbo (4592) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2017
Cask at the Perseverance, Bloomsbury, London. Pours very dark brown with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of Christmas spices, clove, chocolate, malt, dark fruit and caramel. Moderate sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium body, fine carbonation. Dry, spiced, fruity, chocolate finish. A warming winter ale with just the right level of spice for me. BeerViking (5198) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle from the brewer, pours a deep dark mahogany, lasting loose head, aromas of toasted toffee and a little cocoa. Dry-bitter and burnt chocolate, earthy hoppy bitterness, distant notes of blackcurrant and red wine. FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2016
500ml bottle (Ales by Mail)Leighton (23125) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2016
Nice red, brief fizzy head. Sweet caramelly aroma, some raisin anc chocolate gateau. Medium palate, a little sweetish feel, but a bit of fizz to the carbonation too. Such an English taste! Haven’t had a beer like this for ages, and I kinda miss these flavours. Really rich fruity, caramelly, and even nutty, malts, and a ton of grapefruity bitterness.A bit of carbonic acid too. Long bitter finish, some toffee and nuts there as well. Classic malty and bitter English ale, if only the carbonation could be reined in and some head retention have been present it would have scored way higher (for instance, as a real ale).
For their winter ale, Frost Fair, Reunion have ramped up the ABV to a comparatively heady 4.5%. This seasonal offering also pours perfectly clear in chestnut brown, with a creamy head atop. The relaxed aroma gives off notes of toasted caramel, wholegrain bread, perhaps some dried berries. The flavour is dialed in, presenting a pleasant balance of toasty-bready sugars and mellow toffee, with earthy and leafy bitterness, along with edges of leathery fruits. As with the Opening Gambit, the body here is fairly light and the carbonation level is spot on, lending the beer a massaging texture. In the finish the bitterness kicks up a bit more, with prominent earth, toasted grain husk and even impressions of baking cocoa; further undertones of bready malts and dry toffee round things out.gunnar (9988) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2016
This winter ale is not a showy beer, but it hits the right notes and makes for an easy-drinking beverage. At 4.5% it’s certainly not in the realm of heavy-hitting winter warmers, barley wines or imperial stouts, but it would make for a nice respite from a classical ale drinker’s normal diet of bitters and golden ales.
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours clear dark ruby with a small creamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, liquorice, nice and inviting. Taste is light sweet, dark fruits, moderate dry herbal and spicy finish.
Torsacis (1) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016 does not count
Very bon. Something smoky and malty about it which is very appealing in the mouth. Doesn’t slip down like a quaffing beer but a fine contemplative offering with which to ponder the mysteries of life, the vagaries of the universe and the capriciousness of sport and women alike. Probably tough to do a whole afternoon on it, but I’d happily have three to kick off a session. Theydon_Bois (21887) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Cask at EBF 23, 24/03/16.
Chestnut brown topped with a decent beige cap.
Nose is toffee, light spice, winter cheer, dark fruit esters.
Taste comprises biscuit malt, toffee, fruit loaf, light spice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent enough ESB. mR_fr0g (14267) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel / Leighton. Browny / orange coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is earthy nutty, sweet malts, raisin, earthy coffee, Flavour is composed of nutty, grainy, earthy, light raisin, Palate is grainy, highish carbonation, ok The_Osprey (9942) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond, as ’Reunion Frost Fair’. Many thanks to Leighton for the brewery tick. Very dark amber orange, still, dense foamy off-white head. Aroma is earthy, spice, twig, bread. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is raisin, teacake, a touch watery, light astringency. Scopey (16562) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottled. It pours clear deep ruby with a thick, off-white head. The aroma is earthy, musty, bitter- sweet, dark fruits, candied peel and fruit cake. The taste is earthy, bitter - sweet, dark fruits, wood, berry skin, spice, leather, damp leaves and chewy malt with a dry, spiced finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Medium body and fine carbonation. A touch too chewy perhaps, but overall OK.