shoulderbroken (1145) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Market Porter. Brown with golden creamy head. Aroma is malty, touch of light choc, some sweetness. Taste is nutty, touch of cream, brown bread, malty. Not bad. Quite smooth.
dynamiteninja (1114) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at The Postern Gate (JDW), York. Medium white head. Chestnut to mahogany body. Aroma is citrus, nutty, malty, spicy and fruity. Gentle bitterness with a dry, bitter finish.
DanielBrown (3170) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Brown bitter. A solid feeling to this one. Hazelnut flavour, with perhaps some ginger and nutmeg. Feels rich, like a pudding topping, but not cloying. Pretty complex. Deserves respect.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint from cask at Far from the Madding Crowd in Oxford. Pours a deep amber caramel brown -- very nice. Smells of buttery and roasted nut, tea, and yeast (the yeast smell was a little unexpected). Taste is initially a malty complex with a striking note of coffee and roast. The dark note is later absorbed into the main body of flavor while releasing notes of butter, nut, citrus, and hops. At the least, an interesting show of flavors. Finish is dry and a tad peppery. An enjoyable pub drink -- not the epitome of beer, but it is at least interesting.
leaparsons (7074) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Criterion, Leicester. Copper, ruby with a fluffy foam. Aromas are cocoa and lemon with nutty notes and tea. Earthy hops with hints of pine. Flavours are toffee malts with autumn leaves and some sharp citrus. Earthy, peppery hops with a dry finish. Good.
cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at cloisters ...copper thin off white lacing... soft chocolate ... light toffee malt nose ... light dry toffee hop ... quite nice if a little dry for me.
harrisoni (10911) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at The Thirsty Pig, Maidstone. Looking at Duff’s rating of this beer from all those years ago, he is completely correct. He really does have one of the best noses and palates of any rater I have met. And I rather miss reading his ratings. Anyway this is an attractive dark brown colour with slightly toasted malts that give a fullness and dryness to the beer. The hops are excellent and vear on the grapefruit side. Enormously drinkable beer.
imdownthepub (8492) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at Banbury Beer Fest ’08. Chestnut colour with white head. Good deep malty bitter, plenty of roasted malt notes, perhaps a little yeasty, not sure if it is a dead yeast note. However; it is dry so probably fully brewed out, good bittering finish. Enjoyable.
Fin (6180) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask/Gravity at The Swan Beer Festival, Islip 05-10-07 Poured a very dark amber some fruit, roasted notes and possible yeast on the nose. Initial taste reminds one more of a mild than a bitter but this slowly changes and a rather punchy bitter but still quite mild comes through. Nice lingering bitter finish, and a most enjoyable beer.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Cask at Bar Fringe, Manchester. Almost black with a Guinness like head and plenty of lace. Roasted malt aroma. More roasted malt in the flavour with coffee, dark fruit and roasted nuts. Faint muskyness to it all round. Bittterish finish balances it out. Enjoyable.