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Banks’s / Vasileostrovsky Siberian Red

Formerly brewed at Banks’s (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Wolverhampton, England


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Special - Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival.
This is complex and full flavoured, with sweet and roast malt flavours, balanced by a pungent hop bitterness and dry hop flourish in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
8th April 2013
Crosse Keys Spoons. Very hazy dark amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is softish and smooth with super fine carbonation. Medium malt, touch of toffee. Fairly bitter hops with a touch of citrus. Long bitter finish. Not bad but it lack something to bring it all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
cask at AGBell ... brown ... thin tan head ... sodt dry zezty hop nose ... juicy malts ... big toffee fruit ... dry malt roast .. little plum ... little bitter...decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW - London. Pours clear amber with a fine, frothy beige head. The aroma holds some juicy pine, a bit of ripe citrus, toasty grass. Light to medium sweet with fairly assertive bitterness, some earthy pine, toasty bread, orange. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, dry caramel and bread, lingering sticky grass. Pretty nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
Cask at the Lawrence Sheriff (Llloyds), Rugby, 03/04/13. Dark reddish amber with a decent beige head that retains well. Good lacing ensues. Nose carries summer fruits, hops, malt, light citrus, touch of spice. Taste comprises hops, orange, caramel malt, biscuit, sugars. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness. A decent all round effort and probably my number 2 of this festival just shaded by Good George.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Chestnut with cream head. Rich maltiness, full and fruity with a light wine type character then hints of grapefruit and strawberry from a very tasty hop. Really very pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Cask at Willow Walk, Ldn Victoria. It pours clear deep amber with a medium beige head. The nose is earth, wood, light farmyard, leather and faint jamminess. The taste is earth, leather, dark fruit, spice, very savoury, varnish, decent bitterness and a touch of alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Ok, but the alcohol is too prevalent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
One-third pint cask ale at Flying Horse (JDW). Low fawn-coloured head leaving spotty lacing behind. Deep, mahogany coloured body. Subdued jam-like aroma. Taste of sweet caramel and dark berries, semi-dry, with a smooth bittersweet twist to the ending. Fine bodied. Nice and tasty (Gatwick Airport, 10.04.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9843) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask, Corn Exchange, Leicester. Amber, red brown with an off white foam. Aromas are mixed winter berries with woody notes and lots of mixed spices. Toasted malts with herbal liquorice hints and apple. Flavours are lemon and blackberries with herbs and light gritty cocoa. Roasted with spritzy yeast on the palate. Dry on the finish with earthy, nutty notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Moon On The Square Northampton 10/04/13. A dark ruby coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. A quite complex fruity yet bitter beer. An interesting melange of flavours and a long finish. Hard to pinpoint specifics but this is a great attempt at a British ale by a Russian brewer. Some red fruits for good measure in the nose. A nice strong beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8689) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
Deep dark red with a thick creamy head. It has a sweet fruit berry aroma and a sugar sweet taste.

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