FatPhil (13032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (The Met, London)
Very dark reddy brown, small light tan head. Rich nutty grainy aroma, some husks. Soft palate. Peanutty and legumy taste. Quite potent late hop taste stays in the mouth for the finish.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW, Northampton. Wow, what an interesting beer this is. Black with whitish head and lacing. The aroma is really fruity. Citrus and sherbert notes in the nose. And then you get mild roasty flavours and orange fruits in the mouth. Nice hops and good sweetness too. Very drinkable. Score 3.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.9 Score unaltered
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. The head had large bubbles suggesting that the beer was flat, however it had reasonable carbonation. Colour as name suggests, flavour suggests heavy use of caramel. Some chocolate notes too. Pleasant but nothing special. 2.6 RERATE 11/7/08 JDW Stanmore. This time the beer had far more hop characture and body.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a fair bit of caramel are the order of the day. Plenty of fruit. Slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty straight forward but very quaffable and way above the usual serving standards of this way below par (even for a JDW) pub.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in the counting house. Aroma is suprisingly sulpgurus, tart dark malt. Taste is similar theres a definate sharpness that unexpected, but does ad to the drinkability. But in general i expected better.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark red brown. Grainy malt aroma, later showing buttery sweetness. Taste has some malty sweetness upfront and background ashiness. Some bitterness. 17.5.09. Same location. Plummy aroma, rather delightful. Ash and liquorice in the taste. Mid bitter finish. Rated 7,4,6,3,11: 3.1
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 8th Feb 2008. Deep chestnut colour. Great aroma of cherries and raspberries. Complex flavour of chocolate, roast malt, hops, liquorice and gooseberries. Palate is smooth but the finish is short, otherwise this would be a 4+. Very tasty stuff!
iCraig (32) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ New Oxford, Bexley Sq, Salford - 31/03/07.
A dark beer with a creamy head which disappeared after a while. The beer has a choclatey taste to it, not too bitter and not too sweet too. Just as a mild should be!
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 deep deep red/brown coloured ale with a sour nose and a choclaty sour flavour... 2.5TK cask at JDW.. much better deep brown ... thin firm tan head ... roast malts and good fruit ... little blackberry litte licorice.
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Mill Hotel, Chester 21/03/2001
Black coloured mild which on this occasion was less smooth and drank more like a stout. Nice woody finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 26/02/2002
Mid brown coloured with some alcohol present. Malty with a slight roast finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Calverts Court, Stockport 05/07/2008
Fruity aroma. Tan head. Dark coloured with a fruity blackcurrant flavour. Bitter and slightly dry lasting finish.
4. Cask Handpump at the Briton’s Protection 22/01/2011 (On pumpclip as Beartown Kodiak Gold)
Some roast aroma. Mid brown coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter malt finish.