Don2711 (382) - - SEP 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Appearance okay. Taste spicy caramel with fruity tones. Nice hint of vanilla at end. Bitterness is good on palate with out being too much. Better than bottle or can.
oliodnb (661) - ITALY - SEP 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours clear amber with a beautiful thick, solid creamy off white head. Aroma is light sweet malts, some yeast, light spices, hops. Taste is similar with more fruity notes from the hops, some citrus, light final bitterness. Medium body, watery texture, light carbonation.
JohnAlpha (7) - - JUL 21, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@The Blackwater Stream - Broadstone. A fantastic ale from Suffolk based Adnams. Straight after the pour a heavy fermented head builds, but is quickly dissipated/topped. On the nose; the malt & yeast presence is unmistakeable, earthy elements creep in alongside vanilla (right at the end).
It is non-carbonated and it has a warm, off red hue.
In typical style it has a complexity that "Creeps" up after a couple of good mouthfuls. Largely caramel undertones dominate, alongside hay, citrus notes (summer style-originally May-Oct brew), mature "dark" powerful (not overpowering) hoppiness. Malt and lemon & lime on the palate after swallow - good bitterness remains. Satisfying pint!
In my opinion, this is one of the few ales that perfectly balances A.B.V potency and flavour. Normally I’m wishing it had more flavour or more alcohol, or both...but I reckon the balance here is spot on. This would make a fantastic session ale, but sadly I was on my way home from work after knocking off an hour early, so stopped for a cheeky pint en-route, shame.
Like: Hopback Brewery - Summer Lightening, Sharp’s - Special/Doombar/Own.
gegwilson (3152) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity at the Aldburgh Country Show. Amber with some off white froth. The taste is surprisingly hoppy with some citrus and pine notes. Some caramel undertones too. Much better than expected. A good full flavoured bitter.
kubadzierzawsk (2) - - JUL 7, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Restaurant in Essex, England. Colour about old gold and ruby. Nice citrus aroma of citra. Balanced malty sweetness. Light bitterness of chinook. Easy drinking but also well built and complex. Very good cask ale. Something in between of UK and USA.
ChalexLoveBeer (10) - Walthamstow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely from Adnams - a brewery I don’t normally like too much. Something exciting and new.
Grumbo (1232) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Waldringfield Maybush, Suffolk. Pours a pale gold colour with a small white head. Aroma is mildly hoppy, with citrus and floral notes. Lightly sweet accompanied by a light bitterness. Body is quite light, texture slightly oily. Average carbonation. Hoppy bitterness to finish. Decent summer ale.
BeerViking (4109) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Hounslow JDW, amber with a lacing white head, floral and lightly tropical fruit nose, crisply bitter and juicy with hints of grapefruit and peach, lovely.
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Library, Durham, £3.25/pint
Much better than expected with very pleasant citrus notes and a smooth palate. Could have happily drunk more.
Borup (11318) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, fruit, grass and citrus.