BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, The BLackfriars pub, London (and many other pubs). Musty English hops, fairly well balanced malt. Good amber color. Dry finish. Quite good. I look forward to this bitter coming to the States.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Cask conditioned. Falcon Fotheringhay. Light brown colour with a hoppy fruity aroma. Excellent dry hoppy taste. A very well balanced beer.Score 3.6
Subsequent ratings scored 3.1, 2.8, 2.7 and 3.5 Average becomes 3.1
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned at the Courtfield, Earls Court, London. Low head, some carbonation. Colour is amber to brown, I think (the pub was not well lighted). Modest aroma. Flavour is very much a "standard bitter", which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not very exciting either. Lacks a "fresh" touch. Reasonably bitter aftertaste.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Papago Brewery
The beer a cloudless amber color as it sets in my mug, the head portly in size with the color a pleasing light tan and the texture creamy, lace forms a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is all malt, sweet and pleasant with the start lightly sweet, nice malt presence with the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is devoid of carbonation as one should expect, mild hop presence, quite dry aftertaste and quite reminiscent of Caffrey’s and Boddingtons’s Cask beers, and a nice change of pace from the hearty IPA’s and dark brooding beers I’ve sampled of late.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 On cask at Papago. Aroma has moderate fruitiness - ripe apples and banana, with a subtle spicy hop character. Amber color, creamy, thin off-white head. Flavor is a quiet blend of malt and grassy hops, neither are pronounced, but both are there. Mouthfeel is watery but smooth, finished with moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Very good session beer for hours of sitting in the pub drinking and eating.
Flugelmeister (3) - Mitcham, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colour is fantasic as well as the genuine hops and well balanced fusion between taste and aromas. malty yet smooth. My current favorite, but in short supply here in Australia.
GNome (41) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cask @ Cluny, Newcastle; Poor condition, served without any noticeable head and tasted vinegary... terrible!!
DanielBrown (3477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Hogshead, Birmingham. Reddish colour, fairly clear. Woody, fruity, slightly vinegar aroma. Very soft, light, fluffy mouthfeel. Quite subtle and balanced. Some hops on the finish, and a bit of bitterness throughout, but this seems a little plain.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer 22 Belgium trip, day trip to London. Hit this at a pub off Trafalgar Square, where we spent the last two hours drinking before catching the Eurostar back to Belgium. Cask. Medium copper, decent head. Virtually no nose initially. Or even later. Flavor hints at apple, but then quickly transforms into a subtle but potent array of bitter hops. Hint of citric. Fuggles??? Quite nice.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear amber with strong carbonation. Pouring it releases a waft of pleasant floral hoppiness that doesn't translate to the tastebuds, instead, the taste is malty, slightly chocolatey and mildly bitter. A nice enough session beer but nothing special.