DJMonarch (9160) - 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 Britonís 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.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
CasK@Crosse Keys, Central London. I found this to be quite roasty, with a fairly substanial coffee bean/mocha flavour. Light bodied but a decent amount of flavour. Earthy characters, with some slight acidity and bitterness, which give the finish some length, quite tasty, but not quite the full package, needs, some more body i think.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask conditoined @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton.Thin mean brew with hints of roastiness towards the charred end of the spectrum and an over insistent acidic finish.
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at County Hotel (JDW) Ashford, I certainly agree with SilkTorkís 2nd review when experienced as cask. Dark ruby in colour, the nose is chocolate and toffee in nature, with some coffee. Strangely over carbonated on the mouthfeel, but the finish is excellent with good chocolate malt. Slightly grainy and roasted, but I really liked it. Definitely worth having a 2nd pint
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Nice light-Stout type Mild. Smooth and creamy. Thick, ice cream style choc flavour. Easy drinking. Not too much of a sustained flavour, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a bottle.Dark brown hints of blood in colour,no head,tarty.Bad bottle blues again,sour and lifeless.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is it a mild or a sout? I would go for the later.Black rather than ruby as mentioned on the bottle.It had a distinctive almost smokey aftertate.Dry and refreshing. I would certainly recommend it.
JonMoore (1656) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown, with a reasonable, foamy head. Sweet caramel aroma, similar taste. Dry with a sweet finish. Pretty good mouthfeel. Not bad.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I canít say I thought there was anything particularly wrong with the bottle conditioning of this one, I just found it a rather odd beer. Not for the first time with these strong milds, I might have had it down as a thin porter, or even an old ale, had I not known otherwise. Itís a deep garnet/tawny brown colour, with virtually no carbonation. The aroma has an "old" feel to it, with mushrooms, wine and just a hint of roast coffee. Sweetish malt arrives first on the palate, but it becomes woody rather than fruity and finishes quite tart and bitter. Thereís some licorice in there too, but, overall, I thought the flavours were a bit muddled. An interesting, but not entirely appealing beer. 500ml bottle (bottle conditioned) from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE 31 July 2004.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Bottle conditioned by Leek Brewery. BBE July 04. Leek are doing a lot of bottle conditioning for other breweries, but they are not doing them any favours because they are clearly not skilled at the craft. This is a stout spoiled by the sharp edge of poor conditioning. [2.7]
Frog & Toad Bonfire Festival. Wow - intense fresh roasted coffee aroma. Coffee, vanilla ice-cream and strawberry flavours. Quite delicious! This is certainly a beer to be drunk from the cask. World Class! [4.1]