shoestring (302) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely drinkable indeed. Nice full mouth-feel with pleasant malty roast aroma and taste. A wee gem, and excellent for a session
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better beers from my time in the UK--lacks the harsh, soapy bitterness of most English ales, opting instead for a slightly maltier finish. Wish I could find this in the US.
AtronSeige (843) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Medium malty, caramel, medium hops, floral,
Appearance: Clear, golden body. Medium, white head, lacing. Good retention.
Flavour: Medium-Light bitterness, Medium-light sweetness. Medium-light hops, floral, grapefruit. Dry finish with light, lingering bitterness, slight grassiness.. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking, refreshing.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
BlackHaddock (4593) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oct 2009: Clear 500ml bottle poured into a normal UK sleeved pint glass.
The beer was a reddy, amber colour, clear and clean looking. On top sat a bubbly head, off-white almost a cream colour.
The aroma was of hops and yeast with a hint of caramels and molasses.
Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles are all used in the brew, the blend of thses hops produces a well balanced and pleasant tasting beer. There is an overiding mini sweetness throughout the drink, the aroma starts it off and the aftertaste reminds you.
I very drinkable beer, even better when on cask and kept well.
Tom303 (94) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold amber colour nice creamy white head. Smells sweet fruity. Tastes same with hint of almost brandy like sweetness except without the alcoholic strengh. nutty and reasonable body for its strengh. Very nice.
Leighton (13346) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Clear, light orange pour with a small, white head. Lots of that distinctive pasteurization odor on the nose, along with some cereal malts. Nice flavor, sweet and lightly doughy with some leaves, toast, light earth and resin. Mild bitters. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp, fairly sweet finish with touches of dry hops, slightly earthy.
Beerheart65 (1112) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear deep amber with lots of head that is bit foamy creamy and off-white, stays long and leaves good lacing. Bit roasted malting has caramel and nutty notes, dark bread also, grain. Lots of taste, malty, dry, slightly bitter, medium body and medium thick feel, long tasty finish, low carbonation. Your basic tasty english bitter, I like it.
Quack-Duck (8382) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 litre mini cask from a supermarket in Brynbuga/Usk. Clear amber colour, slightly red, with a head of considerable size. Fruity-hoppy nose with a hint of baking yeast. Malty with caramel, resiny hops and a touch of fruit, hints of cinnamon and marzipane. Well-balanced and quaffable.
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle from a supermarket in Swansea. It pours a clear deep amber liquid with small-medium white froth; good lacing. The aroma is light, but good: nuts, caramel and ripe oranges. Very mild grassy hops; there could be more. It tastes pretty good, very much like it smells, but more intense. It is moderatedly carbonated, with medium bitterness and ending semi-dry. As the locals say, it is a "moreish": it is a beer that keeps getting better as you drink it, so you’ll want more and more. Good presentation (crown cap and bottle); still, they could use different crown caps for each of their beers! This is the regular beer in Wales, and it is very much above the average in Europe!
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stale aroma. Cloudy amber colour with ok head. Big malt flavour up front with smooth finish. Medium to heavy body with medium to high carbonation.