Theydon_Bois (8302) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Willow Walk, 22/01/14.
Clear golden amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is bitter grapefruit, caramel maltings, pithy orange, light pine.
Taste comprises sticky mango, grapefruit, pine resin, Caramac bar, candied sugars.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sticky tropical fruit notes, semi aggressive hop bitterness and a coating of booze in the closure.
Decent cask DIPA, the bitterness and sweetness are well balanced.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woke up, staggered out the door and realised i was right by a ’spoons. Popped in for a quick eye opener and this was a great start to the day. The on to the velodrome. Rock and roll. Amber gold with a medium off white head. The booze is a little over powering but maybe it was just my waking drink and at opening time. Pretty drinkable though.
RichardW (1502) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Lloyds Carlisle. Caramel aroma, which is even more apparent in the flavour. Very full bodied, the strength is immediately apparent, giving plenty of warmth. Almost smoky on the palate, there’s a prickly bitterness to it, with a late orange and grapefruit tang. Its complex enough and definitely one to be drunk in halves. Enjoyable and always good to try a Stone cask brew, especiall as I’ve missed the previous two UK ones.
harrisoni (13599) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at Spoons Leicester Square. Clear deep amber colour lasting white bubbles. Wow what a big hoppy resin piney dipa. Absolutely wonderful if a touch hot and boozy on the finish. Terrible condition almost flat. Hot and hoppy.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many Cask Pints (over several days) at Edward Rayne (JDW), Raynes Park, London in Jan 2014 - Orangey Gold in colour. Slightly off-white head. Fair lacing. Very Hoppy; piney resinous oily hops; mouth puckering; good hop bite. Very Fruity; orange citrus, tangerine, marmalade, peel. Spicy. Slightly syrupy. Malty backbone; biscuity malts, caramel. Nice hop/fruit/malt balance. Alcohol quite noticeable. Full bodied; thick texture. Sweet fruity in the mouth; bitterness in the swallow. Bitter hoppy very fruity and dry throughout. Liked this a lot. Lovely Cask DIPA! Well done Adnams and Stone. Especially well done Spoons on your initiative in bringing guest brewers to the UK to brew collaboration beers.
Beersiveknown (2879) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pleased to have not missed this, good enough for a rarely afforded second half. Hazy pale amber, orange, mango and piney nose, full bodied, gentle carbonation, full on hop assault but nicely balanced malt bill. Drinks more like 7%. Ace. Warming fruity fibush
garthicus (2664) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Wetherspoons Paradise place, Birmingham. Appearance: tea brown/orange, tiny white head. Aroma: can smell it from an arms length. Very hoppy, rich citrus, pine needles and malt. Flavour: sharp tangy pine hops, mango, fruity, lots of bitterness with a lovely long fruity bitter and malt finish. A little alcohol detected. Lovely
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, half pint only available. Amber, amazing lace, thin but lasting white head. By smell alone you can tell its a big bastard. Almost like Cointreau and pinecones, simple but vicious. Taste is big, bitter and full. Body is thick and burning. Gorgeous.
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Wetherspoon special collaboration brew: marrying a traditional UK regional brewery with some guys from the West Coast of the US.
It’s hoppy man.
Half-pint in cask form at Montgomery’s Tower (a Wetherspoons pub in Shrewsbury) on 24th Feb 2014, these guys should try to brew cask stuff more often, it works.
Good looking monster: deep amber/bronze body with an off-white topping.
It has so much alcohol and hop content that my mind just went blank and I sat back and sipped it without a care in the world. My notes say: mini haze, amber, off-white, hops and bitter. I’ve had to try and remember the rest, which is slightly difficult because I was on my way to a bottle swap and had a load more great beers after this one.
Christopsy (102) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red, creamy head, notes of citrus (especially grapefruit) with a full on hop kick in the face saddled with a malty sweet body.
DandyLion (517) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Half a pint only at The High Cross (JDW) Leicester. OOF! A hop bomb. Truly American style hop bomb. But on cask- awesome. It smells amazing- like grapefruit. It has a very bitter grapefruit taste too, as you'd expect. If you've ever been to the states (esp West Coast) you know what to expect- a sweet malty taste with a hop roundhouse kick- the taste stays with you for ages too. It's an experience and a half- I love it but could I have more than a pint? With this alcohol content? I'd be pissed on 2! Nice and v enjoyable to have a half (or even a pint) now and again but the stuff of alcoholic misery if you could drink more than 5 a night. EXTREME TO THE MAX! I really liked it.
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