Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Bishopsí Mill (JDW), Durham.
Pours dark brown with a large, thick and creamy off-white head that serves to block much of the aroma escaping to the nose, although some hints of burnt caramel and molasses do come through. The taste opens with some quite sweet candied cherry and dark fruit flavours before a slightly jarring, leafy, grassy bitterness develops into a long finish. Thereís plenty of sweet caramel and toffee malt flavours too on a thick palate, making it quite a heavy-going pint. Like all beers Iíve had from this brewery, thereís a heavy yeastiness to it. On the whole I found it to be a touch sickly and unrefined, though perfectly drinkable.
imdownthepub (13370) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at The White Horse, Banbury. Brown with cream head. There is a bitter caramel crack to this at the start, full chocolate roasted maltiness, some fruity notes, toasted cereals. Pretty reasonable.
allmyvinyl (9536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
5.7 Cask at Isis Sunderland. Pours clear brown with a thin white head. Aromas of toilet blocks, sulphur, burnt match. Taste is sweet, toilets again. Mineral finish.
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 3/3/2014. Deep brown with a decent, off-white head. Brown sugar, some fruits, hint of roast and gentle finish. Good.
SaintMatty (6842) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (Ivy House, Sunderland) - Dark brown with some orangey tinges. Chestnuts, brown sugar and malt in the aroma. Roasted and nutty taste wih dried fruit, chestnuts and brown sugar detected.
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask at tanners hall. brown body. thin head. alcohol malts cherries fruit. sweet
Smallprint (74) - - SEP 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Cask at The Greyhound, Newcastle Under Lyme. A clear, brown beer with a tan head. Not much to the smell, just a slight malty smell, nothing unpleasant though. Not much to the taste at first either, but after a couple of sips, a pleasant nutiness came through, backed plenty of malts and some slight hop notes. A slightly hoppy finish, very nice, very drinkable beer.
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on cask at Big Lamp Brewery Tap, Newburn. Iím not a big brown ale fan, and had to be persuaded by beer buddy Mal: fortunately, Iím easily persuaded. Dark brown with an enduring tan head. Fruit and chocolate aroma, malt loaf and sweet vegetables in the flavour : I remembered that my mam used to put grated carrot in her fruit cakes for flavour and moistness, and I also got a hint of courgette. Full bodied, smooth and creamy. I wonder if the relatively high ABV makes this more of an Old Ale than a Brown Ale? Just a thought.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Big Lamp Brewery Tap, Newburn. A traditional brown ale brewed in Newcastle! Very easy to drink for this style of beer.
scotty (1156) - SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask in Keel Row, Newcastle.
Fairly deep brown in colour, head was quite thin, but lasted to the bottom of the glass. Medium to full in body, plenty of malty/toffee flavours, these were to the fore rather than any bitterness. Very smooth and satisfying, had it with a burger, went well with that!! Much better than I expected as Iíve been to this pub before and had my doubts re the beer quality!