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Arkells Noel Ale (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - December. Previously 5.5%.
A real winter warmer! Launched in 1987 and named in honour of the present Chairman’s grandfather, Sir Noel Arkell, who was born on Christmas Day. The strongest of Arkell’s Ales, this full-bodied beer is cleverly disguised by its distinctive light colour, and slides down very easily, leaving drinkers with a warm, tingling feeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (4072) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Amber beer with small head and patchy lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is malts, yeast and bitter fruit. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear amber pour with a thin magnolia head, light lemon and malt aroma, taste is surprisingly fruit wasn’t expecting that from the aroma, sweet caramel, bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (12511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Cask at Archie’s, Aberdeen. It pours clear amber with a decent beige head. The nose is soft, doughy, toasty, stewed orange, toasty and toffee. The taste is bitter-sweet, caramel, orange rind, marmalade, mild spice, earth, dough and toasty grain with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Perfectly acceptable esb action...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours clear golden, nose is very light floral toffee, taste is dry, crisp, light fruit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Pint in Auld Brig in Irvine (JDW) Dark gold colour with thin white head. No aroma. Tastes pretty bland. Touch of butterscotch but not much else. Slightly bitter finish. Light oily mouthfeel. Not for me sorry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Cask pint in my local Wetherspoons on 5th Dec 2014. Poured a good, bright amber colour with a thin white head. Mixed fruit and malty taste, very little aroma: got sweeter in flavour as it warmed a little in the glass. Although it had almost no smell I still enjoyed it. Almost had another pint, but I managed to drag myself away and home before I started a session (it was lunchtime when I had it).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Don2711 (385) - - NOV 30, 2014
No detected aroma. Golden appearance with thin off white head. Taste butterscotch. Disappointing on palate. Bitterness just okay. Overall not awful but for me a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mr_h (4757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2012
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - golden amber with a very slight haze, thin off-white head, no detectable aroma at serving temperature, good lacing, resinus slightly powdery overly hopped, oily texture, sour finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (1435) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2012
On cask at Wetherspoons Belfast fruity beer with a malty backbone and slightly bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
ralphdot (1035) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
5.0% almost black colour with a good head, malty aroma, bitter fruity taste.

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