thmsboyd (191) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle BBE: Dec 2015. Medium chill (approx. 10 degrees). A little gush when opened. Pours a lightly-hazy, copper body with pinkish hue and a medium, loose, patchy off-white head that hangs around. A low-medium intensity nose reveals sweet, malty, vanilla aromas that are nicely matched by grassy hop notes, with some perceptible oniony hop-staling in the background. To taste, a medium vanilla fudge sweetness is prevalent, with only a light bitterness not really able to compete. The fullish body has a chewy texture, whilst carbonation is medium-low and the finish has an almost bourbon-like vanilla sweetness to it. To my taste, the sweet, malty nature of this beer is more akin to a Scottish Ale. Quite pleasant as it is, it may have scored higher had it been classified as such.
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11th Sep 2015: 500ml bottle poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged vase shaped pint glass at home in the ’Shires Virtual Bar’ day on the British Forum of RateBeer. Slight haze to the light amber bodied beer, the head soon fell away to a wispy covering from the true head it initially had. The aroma and taste were lending towards the malts more so than the mildly bittering hop content. Toasted semi-sweet maltiness is tempered nicely by the piny hops and the combination sits nicely. A decent thirst quenching blend that filled the lunchtime pint slot very well.
Mr_Pink_152 (3117) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried at the Deepings Beer Festival. Dull bitter. Amber colour. Malty caramel aroma and taste.
MrJamesMcEwan (200) - SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
* Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, amber, with a white head.
* Aroma is sweet, rhubarb, grapefruit & pine.
* Palate is full & creamy, high carbonation, fine bubbles.
* Taste is dried fruits, sherry, thirst quenching.
* Finish is long & refreshing.
* Pale ale, full bodied, dried fruits.
Tonyrony (1) - SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very refreshing pale ale. The nose is toasty, toffee and cracker. The taste is bitter-sweet, biscuit, toasty grain, earth and cracker with a dry finish. Light-medium body and soft carbonation.
allmyvinyl (8680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at cloisters. Pours clear honey gold, thin white head. Malt and honey aromas. Taste is honey, cornflakes. Light body, sweet finish.
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at cloisters. Pours clear amber, nose is light honey, citrus, taste is sweet honey, light toffee.
ianwelby (949) - SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden beer with a thin head and a light citrus aroma. Flavour is grassy citrus with a touch of hop and an almost creamy quality to it. Not special but not bad.
Scopey (11360) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow. It pours clear amber with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, grainy, cereal, light toffee and cracker. The taste is bitter-sweet, biscuit, toasty grain, earth and cracker with a dry finish. Light-medium body and soft carbonation. Not bad, just pretty basic.
tombyars (1556) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this at the Ormidale Hotel, Brodick, Arran on the 12th September 2014. Cask, electric font dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Light refreshing aroma of dusty hop flowers but little else. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a light digestive biscuit base with fleeting glimpses of fresh gooseberry fruit. Hop resins give a tart dryness to the long bitter aftertaste. Finish is weak of malt but hoppy enough with resins still imparting a slight astringency to the palate. A decent enough session Golden Ale but not floating the boat!