yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The beer is a bit unclear, dark golden colored, and topped by a small, white head, almost like it would look from cask. Not much, but quite pleasant aroma, with a light note of dried fruits, something reminding of a room where tobacco have been stored for a long time, and caramel. A little roasted note as well. Some vague hoppiness in the far background. The flavor is quite subtle and a bit vague, almost what I would expect from a casked, English bitter. Tobacco, caramel, a tad fuityness, and some bitterness. Malty and biscuity as well, but quite weak, as the rest of the beers impression. A bit watery body, and a finish where the hops linger and lasts for a good while with a little peppery note and a vague bitterness. And lightly roasted malt.
This is certainly a beer that needs more than a sampler to disclose all its layers, and it needs a higher temperature than is found in a fridge. Now I miss sitting in an English pub drinking bitters, but what the hell, I know I get tired of them rather quickly. I need variation, but this certainly could be my regular bitter. If something like a regular bitter were an issue here in Norway. A part of me wants to give it a higher score, but somehow it doesnít deserve it. Itís so damn quaffable and enjoyable that it could easily be a 3.7, but the aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthful on their own doesnít deserve more than I gave.(070520)
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Lymington, Hampshire. Pours a brownie red colour with a moderate head. Aromas of caramel and lemonade. Earthy, woody, caramel flavours coming through along with strong hoppy notes. Initially smooth and creamy on the palate, giving way to a certain soapy mouthfeel. Finishes on a lingering bitterness. A pleasant enough pint but Iíve had many better.
larsga (6937) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is just a froth of bubbles on one side. Hazy red-brown body. Aroma of peppery plums and raisins with notes of tobacco. Watery tobacco taste with traces of dryish hops in the aftertaste. Generally quite close to water. Some dry burntness lingers. Boring. (0.5l bottle.)
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle. Light brown colour. Hazy. Next to no head, only a few coarse bubbles. Plum and raisin aroma. Even a little pepper and fig aroma. Light bodied. The texture is very light and almost watery. Extremely dull beer. There is a little malt flavour, but it is very blunt. Perhaps it is a little old. The bottle does not have a best-before-date on it, but it sure feel like the edge has been lost. Boring and dull beer.
boltonmark (9) - Uppingham, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smooth beer with dark fruity favour. Malty with a very subtle caramel flavour in the background- nice beer
Sigmund (6114) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.3%. This beer is apparently named after the original idea of "painting the town red" (see label). Listen, taggers and other vandals: it might have seemed funny the first time, but itís not funny any more!
The beer is more brown than red, slightly hazy, and pours with a moderate to low head. Are you sure this beer is not bottle conditioned? Moderate carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Pleasant aroma of malts, earth, caramel, blackcurrant leaves and dark fruits. Flavour is perfectly balanced between the malts and hops, not too sweet, despite some caramel in the background - no off-flavours here: Melton Red tastes like BEER, and a damn good one too!
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE Oct 07). Malty aromas, caramel and light roasty choc. Not too sweet with some bitterness to finish but there is a slightly metallic flavour. Otherwise fairly average.
imdownthepub (12163) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Brown amber with good head. Nice smooth easy drinking bitter with a surprising fresh malty taste and late hop bitterness. Smooth finish, quite nice.
Garrat (1322) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle.Dark brown in colour,no head,Horlicks and rich tea.Alot of strange flavours here.
RichardGretton (4524) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark bitter with a smooth caramel aroma, and a rather sweet bitter caramel flavour. Overall too smooth and malty for my liking.