60 / 100
Pours a dark red-tinged mahogany colour with very generous beige head. Head looks thin though, densely-pakced bubbles with very little lace - all fizz and no substance. An okay-looking dark ale, but nothing special.
Very pleasing on the nose. Dark, but sweet, with brown sugar, mild coffee notes and some dark fruit, raisins and some preserved lemon. Mild cinnamon and ginger spice lying slightly dormant at the back. Impressive winter warmer nose, treads the line between sweet/sour/spicy (with its three legs).
Taste is an odd one, hmmm let's see... Taste is quite roasty from the start with dark chocolatey malt, slight bitter twang that steadily turns sour by the mid-palate, giving off notes of underripe cherries and red wine vinegar. Not puckering though, just the flavours are there. Roastiness returns for an encore, ascerbically bitter at times with ground coffee and a hint of charred meat. Flavour is maintained well through its peaks and troughs - although I'm not really won over by them.
Decent body, a lot of foaminess in the mouth. Goes down pretty well, yeah not bad.
It is a decent drinking beer but I just find it underenjoyable flavour-wise.
69 / 100
Pours a dense black with a crema kind of head. Lacing is a bit thin, but alright. I mean, this looks like a decent stout and there's not much more to say.
Sour, stouty nose with a hint of red grapes, coffee beans and cranberries. Quite aromatic, but a bit simple in spite of that.
Taste is not too bad at all. A slight smokey front with a lot of roastiness, but not intense and doesn't overpower the palate. Bold and manly, with a bitter kind of twist and a slightly sweet lingering with sour toasty notes on the finish. Very well balanced palate and very drinkable. It's strong and flavoursome, but pleasant. Goes down quite smooth and leaves a nice dark malt flavour on the end.
Slightly darker than I might expect - golden, but not very pale. Snow-white head. Bit cloudy as the name would suggest. Nice dense lacing. Looks pleasant.
Smells like those banana lollies I used to get in Target. Intense banana ester and a slight hint of yeast to blend. Predictable, but decent.
Wow, again with a pretty intense kind of banana character. A good dose of wheat malt on the front with a slightly tannic finish, a bit acidic anyway. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but with a very grating edge towards the back.
Fairly bland weizen, really.
Pours a clear, golden colour with nice dence lacing and a thin beige head. Virtually no bead, slow and just confined to the edges. Nothing really special here.
Intense honey on the nose with little else. Yeah, very sweet and syrupy, maybe with a bit of a salty character. Maybe just enough to remind me I'm drinking beer and not honey.
Interesting. The intense honey on the nose is just a really slight hint here, with a lot of rugged, gritty bitterness on the mid-palate and finish instead. A bit simple, in fact quite simple. Could use more fruit on the palate, instead it's just honey and hops. Mouthfeel is very thin, I think we clearly just need more malt, for a greater body. Not a great pale ale.