Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A thin, malty beer. Smooth, but not a lot too it. Caramel with a minor palate. Amber in color with little to no head.
berkshirejohn (4975) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Golden Retriever, Bracknell. Ambered coloured with a thin white head; malty aroma; taste is slightly sour with a citric edge; leading to a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very refined - the essence of an English bitter.
StueyD (1361) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pale, copper brown coloured beer with a weak white head. A very light, malty nose, sweetish with some caramel notes. The taste is dry, a bit on the weak side to start, then a sweetish malt and fruit flavour comes through. The finish is quite dry. (Cask - The Ordance Arms, Stibbard, nr. Fakenham, Norfolk).
kevd193213 (901) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
GOod widely available English ale. Malty taste, some hops. Lighter ale, hits of apple and caramel aroma.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
cask at white swan, York: aroma was slight and malty with hops in the backround. the beer was copper colored and translucent. Flavor is nicely balanced, and slight fruitiness. Good carmel malt flavor. Slight bit of metal taste. Bittersas it finishes. light palate.
fonefan (37873) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask (handpump) @ , Cannington TA5. Amber coloured, quickly vanishing froth; very shy hoppy nose, very light fruity taste, kind of bitter fruitiness in the end.
ALLOVATE (2541) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2006
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Handpump @ the Old Hand & Diamond Inn, Coedwy, Wales.
If I thought this was dismal in the bottle and couldn’t get worse, I was now seriously mistaken. Poured a chestnut hued gold, bright, with a quickly diminishing thin pad of white (though the pint was filled to the brim - value!). Rust and peanut aroma, touch of malt. Thin, watery and overly sweet in the mouth for its dismal body to handle. There’s just an inkling of malt and a little zest of something I couldn’t define down the sides of the tongue, and the aftertaste has traces of brine, nuts and butter. This is woeful at best. Washed it down with a bottle of water and some hardy bangers and mash as I couldn’t bring myself to tip it out. A famous name, not a famously good beer.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this as a gravity cask at The Star pub in Bath, England. First time I’d ever heard that this beer was produced for such a market. Typical of the normal Bass flavoring and texture, however the cask nature has softened some of the rough edges and as such makes for a more enjoyable beer.
harrisoni (14715) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at The Flute, Liverpool. Copper coloured with lasting white head. Still a very good session beer. Enough flavour to keep you coming back for more, without being overwhelming. Good minerality. Some caramel, some hop, some yeast. Always found it hard to pin down Bass. Bit of sweetness, bit of lemon citrus. Or was that the girl’s perfume?
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at the Drffryn Arms in the Gwaun Valley (Pembrokeshire NP, Wales) - a pub like no other! Gravity fed into a jug before being served in the pint glass. Was certainly well kept and the late night pint was an experience.