harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask condition, handpull, Simple Simon’s, Canterbury. Mahogany colour, lasting bubbly beige head. Not a huge aroma. Bit watery in mouth, with syrupy red fruit malt. Not a huge amount of hop, it’s just a bit of red syrup in water. Dull, dull, dull.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A copper coloured beer with a sharp lemon hop aroma. The taste is crisp and clean, again with citric hops noted. The beer was a bit colder than the other cask ales I had this session and it seemed to serve it well. Even the smell was on the cold side but it all worked. A refreshing drink.
imdownthepub (10989) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Conditioned at The George & Dragon, Shutford, Oxon. Golden brown colour with thinnish head. Whilst other British brewers raise their ABV's for winte brews, Archers appear to have gone for a light little confection here. Light malting and an overlaid hoppy tanginess, easily dinkable and totally safe, is this what we want from Winter beers?
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presumably yet another occasional/seasonal beer from Archers - is there no limit to the number they can churn out? I have often found that Archers bitters have rather more residual sweetness in the finish than I like, so I feared for the worst with this one, which, judging by the name, is a winter beer. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. The aroma is clean and, as Silk Tork says, had citric tones, but was rather restrained. There was a reasonable balance on the palate but, again, nothing very assertive and things tended to peter out towards the finish. For some reason, though, I found this beer rather more satisfying than those comments would suggest. A very pleasant, if not too demanding, bitter. Handpump, Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1, December 2003.
SilkTork (5346) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Fresh @ Wenlock. Trad bitter colour. Marris Otter, but very nicely made. Citric hops. Nice. Fades as drink progresses, the hops making less of an impression while some of the blander, fatty, oily qualities of the Marris Otter malt make themselves known. A friend I was with wrote "Warms your willy" on my notebook while I was feeding the meter. I'm not quite sure what he meant.