Brewed by Badger (Hall & Woodhouse)
Style: Bitter
Blandford Forum, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Seasonal - Autumn.
Originally brewed at The Gribble Inn. Brewed at the Hall & Woodhouse plant since early 2005.

A well balanced, crips premium ale with a malty palate and a noticeable hoppy aroma.

Only ratings of the cask version should be entered here. The bottled version has a separate entry.

ljthiessen's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (1140) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - JAN 19, 2014
On tap at the King’s Head in Winnipeg. Mild nose, malty caramel. Not much to the flavour - tasted a little closer to an amber than a bitter, probably. Nothing wrong with this beer - just nothing memorable at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
explosivedog (363) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2016
On tap at brewery tap. It’s a hard beer to rate, in that everything is all very subdued in exchange for incredible drinkability. Ultimately, it’s a little bitter, a little crystal malt taste and really very pleasant. Not something to ring up all your friends to tell them about, but very easy to spend an afternoon on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
invinoveritas (116) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Pours deep amber with a faint head. Light spring aroma, grain on the nose. A touch of sweetness on the tongue and a lighter touch of bitterness - lightly caramelised biscuit. Quite thin and yet somewhat viscous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7057) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 7, 2015
Deep golden color with a white head. Floral hoppy and light caramel aroma. Mild sweet caramel flavor with a fresh hoppiness. Soft to average carbonation.
[On tap at Goffs Manor in Crawley, England]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Mid-amber with a slightly malty aroma. Dusty hops and way too much butterscotch. The complete antithesis of a refreshing summer beer. Pretty dismal stuff all round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (2543) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Cask @ Goffs Manor, Crawley 21/08/13. Pours a coppery orange with a small, off-white head. Aroma is earthy, caramelly, flowery. Taste is flowery with some caramel. Breadiness and flowers win. Smooth and light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (6075) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask at the Hornbrook, Horsham, West Sussex. Tawny brown with a loose white head; rather thin with a sweet caramel flavour and a touch of fruit; some light, rather earthy bitterness. Overall a rather plain and boring bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2012
On tap at St Stephen’s Tavern, Westminster. Deep amber, almost no head. Caramel and apple notes, semi-dry. Drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2011
Spicy and slightly sour orange-like smell with a distinct aroma of butterscotch and vanilla. The flavor has a distinct taste of butterscotch and vanilla, and in the aftertaste there’s a sour bitterness. Really disgusting beer in my book! I do not like butterscotch / diacetyl!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2011
Cask, handpump @ The Worlds End tied house, Taunton, Somerset.
Deep tawny copper that is not quite bright but shimmers in the light with minute particles in suspension. Headless, a full pint but not a bubble to be seen atop. Distant aroma of rusty, tannic malts, dusty old hops and praline. Flavour is just as distant. Sweet, dark, caramelised sugar front, wood and dust mid-palate; the malt and hops give an earthy mustiness to it that ensues into the swallow. A little rust makes it clap-out, the length a continuation of the palate. The body is featherweight, the flavour so subdued its alarming. Overall its sweet, too softly spoken and lacking backbone. A boring bitter.

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