Jonb5 (307) - Greater London, - OCT 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half pint tasted at the JDW real ale festival. Dark amber colour, one finger head, faded fast, retained some lacing. Aroma was malt, caramel, slight cork and a hint of Hallertau hop. Tasted roasted caramel, brown sugar and notes of rasperry, finish was boozy. Syrupy texture, no carbonation, the burn from the booze gave it a coarse edge. Decent colder weather Bock.
RichardW (1342) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Wetherspoons fest Carlisle from a while back!. Aroma is low, but more than made up for by rich fruit flavours on the tongue. Brown sugar notes, medicinal finish, full-bodied and flavoursome. The Batemans characteristics do come through, but without too much of the banana flavours that I associate with their beers.
tampierre (646) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Wetherspoons beer festival ; Devon ; UK ; Malty,roast,fruit and herbs aroma ; Dark amber color with smaller head ; Medium sweet taste with light bitter finish ; Interesting bock.
downender (5844) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Reddish amber with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, caramel and orange fruit with some heavy alcohol in the finish. Not for me.
wimpyjoe (2687) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby with a slight sweet nose to it. Sweet tasting with a noticeable strength.
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull, The Larry (JDW), Nuneaton, 13/11/12. Deep cream capped with chestnut. GK-like black cherry, oak and aniseed aroma; really milky mocha. Black cherry, oak, toffee-draped flavour. The pepper of booze wrapped in softness. Sweet, muted, balanced....and a bit naughty.
ianwelby (317) - SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark, ckear amber pint with a thin head and not much to note by way of aroma. The flavour is fruity but quite crisp and is strong enough to be tasty without being overpowering. An enjoyable pint.
Rune (7249) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1/3 pint, cask at The Knights Templar. Deep, ruby-amber coloured body. Lasting, creamy off-white head. Earthy, mid-sweet malts to the nose. Brown, semi-sweet malts in flavour strengthen by a fruity touch. Smooth malt bitter finish. Nice (London, 01.11.2012).
DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hand pulled at the Briar Rose, Birmingham. Bland opening, but adds a blubous fist of yeasty/malty strength in the after-gulp. Dry, slightly metallic finish - perhaps best likened to formica. Not the best.
wheresthepath (1427) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading] Reddish-brown with a beige head and a slight fizz. Sweet, with toffee and banana coming through. A little chilli and plum too. Warming, a little greasy, little evidence of hops. OK, but definitely a bit too sweet for me.
BlackHaddock (3177) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pulled pint on 26th Oct 2012 in a Wetherspoons pub at Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Dark amber with reddy hues to the body with a full and lasting crown of cream coloured foam.
The nose was sweet malty molasses: toffee and caramel.
Taste wise it was also on the sweet side: again caramel and toffee flavours, but with a redeeming hop presence after the initial molasses rush which helped the beer balance it’s self out a little. I would have had another but there wasn’t the time!
Almost smooth and rich, but a very pleasant beer indeed.