Vladivostok (250) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Oh dear, I knew it couldn’t last. I have tried several new beers from Greene King recently and most had been almost acceptable, quite pleasant even. But then I have a pint of this. To describe it as brown water is an insult to dear old H2O. The old Kimberley brew used to be slightly sweet and quite distinctive. No doubt Greene King mouthed some platitudes at the time about matching flavours etc. when they summarily closed the Kimberley Brewery but several years on this thin tasteless bilge is a travesty of its revered ancestor. As a punishment for making such appalling beer, Rooney Anand should be made to stand in a corner and drink 10 pints of the bloody stuff. Terrible.
Beese (1890) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at The Three Frogs (GK), Wokingham on 11 May. Poured a clear chestnut colour, with a sizeable, dense white head. Aroma of orange zest, chewy malt and Greene King yeast. Pretty sweet flavour, not too saccharine. Some brown sugar, lots of malt and a very small amount of grassy hop. Finish was toffee, cooked fruit and copper.
BlackHaddock (3882) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hand-pulled pint in ’Jaspers’ during a CAMRA pub crawl around Shifnal, Shropshire on 14th Dec 13.
Refreshing but fairly bland ’cooking bitter’ (as my father calls bog standard bitters): leaning towards orange from golden amber in colour with a thin white head.
Slight aroma of light malts with a fruity hint.
The taste was also of light malts and again with a mild fruit note or two: nothing powerful or strong though, this is an uncomplicated brew with few if any noticeable attributes worthy of mentioning.
minutemat (1741) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ The Stapleton Tavern, Stroud Green. Marmalade orange, fairly sweet malts with a boring bitter finish.
BeerSkull (1308) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Cask at "The Baron of Beef" in Cambridge, England). Aroma and taste of caramel malt and hops, the taste is also very sour and boring. Bad Bitter!
OwainTurner (328) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lemon, orange and sweet fruit smell. Very smooth orange and lemon taste. Very easy drinking, almost refeshing but lacking in any character.
kermis (5412) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Pours clear light brown with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of fruit, malt and bread. Flavour is mainly malt, fruity then a bitter finish.
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
First tasted this at the Mossend Beer Festival, Lochwinnoch in July 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thick creamy white head. Hint of malt in the poor aroma. Thin insipid mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a very weak malt base with tart redcurrant just about evident. Metallic hop resins give a lack lustre aftertaste. Finish is rather short with bitter sweet notes. A really poor bitter, weak and lacking complexity.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - fruit and honey
A - mid gold with thick head
T - sweet with dry finish
P - mid and soft
O - decent
alkohole (1) - Draycott in the Clay, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice beer but nothing sensational. It was always variable, even when brewed in Nottinghamshire, but it could be fabulous once it had had its second fermentation in the barrel to take the sweetness away. Another bitter not exactly ruined but definitely altered from the original. Nottingham used to have Kimberley, Shipstones and Home - all capable of being great, and capable of being awful. More consistent these days, but the characters have been sanitised out of all of them by their new brewers. None of the old breweries ever cleaned the pipes to my certain knowledge, so all the generations of ale sediment are not their to add flavour.