SarkyNorthener (2113) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Asda, obviously. Dark amber beer with medium head. Aroma is malts. Taste is slightly fruity malts and a dry bitterness. Not great.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 02/10/13. A dark brown coloured beer with a white fluffy head. A dry ashy slightly burnt cardboard aroma with some fruitiness. Pretty nasty in places in the mouth. Ashy, fruity and thin.
Tokyo_Tengu (1) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not having much experience with English beers and not being a snob of any sort, I can only say that Gentleman James, or Jack, is definitely a step up from most Japanese national brands and is definitely worth the premium (supermarket) price if you want to do something special for a home party or poker game.
It is smoothly drinkable, has a very nice color, nicely bitter, and a modest but respectable wallop.
On the negative side, the bottles are far too fragile for their size and must be treated with extreme care during transport. If you plan on buying several at a time, plan ahead or ask the store for some wrapping.
KyotoLefty (6574) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Seiyu, as Gentleman JAMES. I suppose it must be that they Japanese don’t understand “Jack.” \298. Rather malty nose, some caramel, English hops, grass, some nuts. Dark amber-orange with a low, fine head. Sweet and malty, caramel and chocolate and nuts. Dry, grassy hops. Very dry finish. Clean. A rather typical bottled bitter, but good hops and nicely drinkable, and good for the price in Japan.
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle): Pours a dark amber, off white head. Bit of a weak malty, fruity aroma. Similar in taste with a decent amount of hops - Fair bitterness too. Average.
dogbomb (948) - ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear bottle. Dark caramel coloured beer. Huge off-white/yellowish head. Nose is toffee and caramel malts. Little hint of hop creeping in. Taste is very much caramel and toffee warmth in the mouth, with a finish of bittersweet lemon tang. A classic ESB taste with plenty of character for a supermarket brand beer.
mr_h (2934) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Asda, Heathfield, Ayr - clear amber brown, bubbly off-white head, sweet roasted malt aroma, caramel malt flavour, oily feel
JohnRMurdoch (3320) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle courtesy of mr_h. Orange brown colour, big foamy head. Dry vanilla malt aroma. Caramel malt flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Average bitter.
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From BA: July 2007. Clear 500ml bottle.
Cheap supermarket beers often taste like cheap supermarket beers, this one fits into that bracket quiet nicely.
Dull copper in colour with a white head that dispersed very quickly.
Very little smell, some hops but nothing else I could detect.
Disappointing taste, watery for a 5% beer, nothing like a normal strong ale.
Overal a big let down, I will not be trying this again.
wimpyjoe (4178) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well hopped bitter in the distinctive Shepherd Neame way. A bit soapy in texture and taste.