62 / 100
Sweet porter brewed in collaboration with Butterbing Cookie Sandwiches for GABS 2017. Tried at the festival on tap.
Pours a brown colour, fairly dark; typical porter colour really. Beige head that's a bit whispy and cloudy. Looks alright.
Smells sweet, pleasant, but not a lot of character to it. General caramel sweetness, slightly cake battery with a touch of vanilla. Not a lot of complexity to it and a bit lacking on the darker notes.
Taste is a bit better; more of a chocolate character and slightly darker. Still very sweet overall though, with a big lingering caramel note that dominates, without the roasty or chocolatey notes managing to ground it properly. Does what it promised but I was hoping for something a bit more explosive.
Decent body, no real texture to it though.
Alright, but don't really detect the cookies in this; feels like a generally sweet generally porter type beer.
49 / 100
Bought as part of my 2016 Advent Calendar from Beer Crate. Reviewed blind.
Pours a pale gold colour with a slight chill haze. Head is white, medium-sized bubbles, just hangs around in little swamps on the top. Lacing clings to the side. Looks fairly uninspiring, not very substantial.
Smells odd. Distinct musk stick aroma with a hint of rosewater to it. At the back there’s a hint of grass and maybe some barnyard. But yeah, mostly floral upfront but no real complexity to it, it’s just a light whisper at the front of the nose and nothing really hanging behind it.
Tastes lagery, grainy, and gets unexcitingly bitter late. Grainy upfront, with some adjunct notes. Barley, some muesli notes with oatmeal character, maybe some puffed rice midway. Bready towards the back, big sort of seedy note and then the finish is dry, some hints of bland earthy hops, slight dry spice but not a whole lot of nuance or roundness or character to it. Reasonably crisp but ultimately just unexciting.
Mouthfeel is a little bit fizzy, maybe a little bit of sharpness to it. Definitely could use a touch more body, it just feels a tad unbalanced.
Drinkable enough, but it just feels a little lacking in character. If it’s meant to be like that – like it’s a Czech pilsner, it’s not bad, if a little unbalanced. But if I should expect any more than that then it’s very disappointing.
60 / 100
Belgian 'specialty' ale brewed for GABS 2016. Tried there on tap.
Pours a really pale straw colour, slightly cloudy. Head is white, kind of foamy, but doesn't really stick around in any serious way. So pale. Intriguing without being great.
Smells grainy upfront with a fair nutty edge. Some new world hop character coming through in a fruity way - fresh tangerine and apple mostly. Nuts and tang.
Taste is similar, fairly grainy and nutty on the front, before it develops a slight fruity tang midway with some more apple notes and a light citrus note. Fairly phenolic on the back, gets a slight clove hit and a touch of medicinal bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. A bit insubstantial flavour-wise, but not bad.
Body is a little thin, and the carbonation shows through in a way that it shouldn't. Alcohol is otherwise well-hidden.
Not a bad beer, but it's a little unclear from the tasting notes what they're going for, and it isn't a whole lot clearer having tasted it.