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Arkells Kingsdown (Cask)

Brewed by Arkells
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Swindon, England
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular.
Kingsdown Ale is the strongest of our regular beers but is a brother to 3B as it comes from the same mash. It retains a strong character of its own, however, with its rich colour, ripe fruit ’nose’ and that traditional Arkell’s hopiness. You can taste the malt too, along with a bitter-sweet finish and fruit notes. ’Kingsdown’, which is named after the area of Upper Stratton where the brewery is situated, was originally brewed as a special beer to commemorate Swindon Town Football Club’s League Cup triumph in 1969 and went into regular production in 1976.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (4036) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Cask at The Dragon Inn; dark amber pour with a frothy white head, malt aroma, taste has caramel, strong malts bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4550) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons on 28th Feb 2014. This malty brew poured a good deep reddy amber colour: on top an off-white foam that hung around. Semi-sweet malty molasses are evident from the start, both in the aroma and in the taste. The hops only arrive towards the end of each sip and then only to stop the brew being too sweet. You can choose between toffee, caramel or even dark fruits for the dominant flavour: I’ll go for toffee. I like maltier beers and this suited my taste buds nicely. The depth of body and maltiness hid the alcohol very well and overall it came across as a very good beer for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don2711 (199) - - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 16, 2015 Really excellent beer. One of the best I have tried. Lovely taste looks good and a nice smell and aftertaste. Malty with toffee and caramel tones. Packs a nice punch and could easily drink several of these

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1072) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2013
Tasted 20/4/2013 draught "Ye Old Red Lion", Chieveley, Berkshire. Poured a clear dark amber colour with no head. Aroma of malt plus a hint of roasted grain. Taste mid-sweet malt with a hint of roasted grain. Light body. A smooth, light ale with a slight roasted grain finish. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
niquillis (1449) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
On cask at carpenters arms, burghclere. Not good enough even as cooking bitter. Flat, lifeless, some malt. Probably the worst pint of real ale I've ever had ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1234) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2012
Pint at the 3 Guineas in Reading. Dark red brown with a fair bubbly head. Sweet, hint of sherry, dried fruit. Reasonably tasty. Nice fruity aroma. Suppable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (11482) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
Cask at the Three Guineas, Reading - 26/10/12. Clear dark brown with a thin frothy off white head. Light malt nose, a little fruit, not a lot coming off this one. Tastes of sweet caramel, biscuit, dark fruits, pinch of liqourice. Medium bodied with low carbonation lending towards a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2012
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. Poured a clear ruddy amber colour with a lasting & lacy small off-white dense-ish head. A touch murky on the nose: yeast, tangy red fruits & malt. Rich, slightly tangy red fruits all round. A nice dry yeasty tone on the tongue. Dark lightly roasted, biscuity, oaty malts & hints of chocolate. Finished with a light fruit skin bitterness. Medium-ish body, soft, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, medium length finish. A relatively solid ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1508) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
(cask @ Golden Lion, Rochester) Deep bronze body, with wispy bubbles as a head...Nose is both dusty and aromatic hops, some toffee malt accent showcase too. In the mouth a pleasant wave of citrusy hop action from the first few sips,fruity and crisp ...the ale twists toward maltiness -toffee notes.
A pretty reasonable ESB. Tepid , but pleasant enuff.’

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Cask handpull, St Matthew’s Hall (JDW), Walsall, 06/02/12. Copper with a slim off-white collar. Marzipan and cherry aroma. Glace cherry flavour with a disconnected, astringent late bitterness. Soft carbonation with a tang of minerals. Flaccid, boozy, old man’s bitter; one-dimensional, brown and dreary.

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