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Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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UK

Code blackA black IPA is what we’re confronted with here, quite mild as British IPAs tend to be. The carbonation is way too intense, producing a large head, not only when pouring but even in mouth, by each sip. The aroma gives little, but some traces of the liqurice and coffee. Besides that, I find it hard to get much. That also goes for the taste, even though there’s clearer references to roasted malts and fruity hops… For a split second, that is. Somehow thin bodied, I find little generosity even hops-wise here. Gives little way to aftertaste- despite well-tastyness, it is too shortlasting & a tad bland for my taste.

TrooperNose: Mildly hopped aroma with sweet’ish hints. Golden light brown in colour. The taste is relatively sweet and surprisingly distant from a lager- more like a very light amber ale. Lightbodied with maltfeatures which really shows it’s significance midway through. A little shortlasting/light for my general taste, but I’d be happy to give it another shot sometime.

Big BenPours quite dark with nice hat. The low key aroma is a turn-off, but… It starts off with nut-taste, going into some strange, spicy pattern. First, just… Nutty, then to nutmeg- like taste, which which also grows by the 2nd sip. One can barely get some hints of the malts before it’s gone, so shortlasting it’s almost hard to detect. Kind of good taste in there, sorrounded by an attempt on good taste, with an ugly bitterness to it.

Nose: Mildly hopped aroma with sweet’ish hints. Golden light brown in colour. The taste is relatively sweet and surprisingly distant from a lager- more like a very light amber ale. Lightbodied with maltfeatures which really shows it’s significance midway through. A little shortlasting/light for my general taste, but I’d be happy to give it another shot sometime.

A stunning caramellish aroma, as intense as fumes from a (good) meal. Tastingwise exeptionally good, with the most massive taste of malts that I’ve encountered since Pelforth’s «3 malts». It settles, seemingly for forever, with an abundance of sweetness. Total harmony!

HancockXmasVery light in colour, with a fresh pilsenerlike round-off. All of a sudden, sweetness (!) kicks in, on the verge to a syntethical impression.

This doesn’t taste of typhical beer in any way at first, but this is still good. Easyflowing with a sense of bitterness, with an outro of (guess what) banana sweetness. A little thin for my taste, but well tasty.

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