berkshirejohn (3972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Stag and Hounds, Binfield, sitting in the garden, on the first good afternoon of the summer. Copper with a dense cream head; rich malty aroma; soft, grainy, body, sweet malt taste, and gently bitter; the finish is bisuity with some caramel. A satisfying mild - but that may be due to the sunshine.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise - London. Pours. Lear gold with a slight, white foam head. Nose has creamy malts, leaves, faint caramel. Light sweet flavor, some toasty sugars, leafy bitterness, vague fruits. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Modest sweetness to finish, some faint citrus, impressions of dry caramel, leaves, bread. Simple but not offensive.
SaintMatty (4296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (The Star JDW, Gosport) - Copper coloured. Dried fruit, honey and caramel in the aroma. Fruity and slightly metallic taste with spicy malt, raisins and a hint of fruitcake.
SarkyNorthener (1094) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@thebell, shifnal. Copper beer with large creamy head and some lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is caramel, toffee and malts. Average beer, pretty standard around here.
Cunningham (3685) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Dark brown color with a fine white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Toffee and some roasted malt.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Balanced and nice toffee and roasted malty.
Overall impression: Decent and fine mild(bitter).
Personal stats: On tap at The White Swan in Birmingham, England.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
goozen (2565) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at GBBF’12, London: Verk dark amber coloured brew with an fine sweet taste and some hints of caramel and coffee.
JorgeLee (964) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask in the Old Bell, Dursley. A brown beer with a white head. The aroma is sweet and malty, palate quite thin and watery, taste as per smell - sweet, malty caramel and a faint hint of treacle. Could really do with something more bitter or dry to balance it out. Too sweet for me.
LoveDarkBeer (9) - West Bromwich, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love this Beer. its one of my favourites. Black in color with a good strong white head. Malty almost coffee taste which is smooth with a full taste on the way in and refreshing on the after taste buds.
BlackHaddock (2925) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
August 2006: This used to be a Black Country Classic (it was known as Banks’s Mild, in those days). I have drank it many times, tinned, bottled, Keg and Cask, this review is for Cask.
Banks’s pubs often do not have hand pulls, you must look at the base of the identical dispensing font, which are lit up like Lager/keg fonts, if it says the beer is ’Brewery Conditioned’ it is Keg, if it says ’Cask Conditioned’ it is Cask. The beer is drawn up by electric in both cases.
It looks good, not as dark as some milds, but not light either, a Tawny Owl Brown with an off white head. Poured correctly, the head will stay until the bottom of the glass. Banks’s have a policy of using oversized glasses, so you always get a full pint of beer!
No great aroma, but you can tell it is a beer in your hand and a slight hint of burnt caramel can sometimes be detected.
The taste is of burnt malt and an aftertaste of hops. The beer is not over full, or heavy in mouthfeel, a thirst quenching session beer more than a sitting around discussing the flavour type beer.
Banks’s have a huge estate of pubs throughout the Midlands and the quality of this beer could well vary. Give it a try, in two different bars if you can. My scores are a combination of my last 6 pints of it, from 3 different inns.