kassner (1360) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blackfriers in London. Finally a bitter with some decent bitter. Dark gold in color, Some fruity notes and of course little head or lacing. Bitterness lingers
wheresthepath (1592) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Cask at The Royal Oak, Ruscombe, Twyford] Amber with small white head. Aroma and intial taste dominated by sulphur and minerals - like spring water at a Victorian spa resort. If health farms sold beer, this might be what it tasted like! After a while you think you’re used to the sulphur, and start to sink into the welcoming arms of the underlying light, relaxing maltiness, with a little wood and a well-balanced bitterness. But then every now and then (eg if you burp) that sulphurous tang comes back to haunt you. It’s quite reminiscent of some of the Marstons beers (eg Pedigree) and I think given a few more beers you could get used to it and rather enjoy this distinctive brew. But on the basis of having tried just one pint, I was quite happy to order a different beer in the subsequent round.
Hansen (6796) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at EBF 2008. Golden coloured and almost clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Light malty aroma, flavor is mainly bitter. Finish is weak bitter, dry, watery.
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at The Chequers, Oxford. Amber beer with a very sulfurous aroma with a lightly leathery back note. Earthy and woodsy but so sulfurous that it is quite distracting. A bit of fruit in the back along with some crackery malts, but the beer is in pretty poor condition.
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From cask. Pours clear and golden amber with a lacing white head. Bitter and spiced aroma. Mild malty and bitter flavour. Dry and almost breadish. Ends with a mild spice note to the dry flavours in the finish.
oh6gdx (20822) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask2008. Aroma is slightly eggy with fruits, nectar and a lot of caramel malts. Flavour is oak, spices, fruits and mild notes of vanilla. Very dry wood in the finish.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber with medium off white head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel. Sweet flavor with toasted malt and floral hops. Mild bitter end.
wyzzywyz22 (1996) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cask, Oak and Saw, Taplow. Dark amber colour, no real head. Aroma is pretty gross - woody, sulphrous, festering ashtrays. Flavour isn’t much better, staleish, with some malt and a slightly bitterish finish. Insipid and frankly naff beer.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Chequers, Oxford, 2nd May 2008. Rating this brings back memories of drinking it underage in London over a decade ago! Amber appearance, with a fine white head that dissipates leaving lacing behind. The aroma of hops and wet hay isn’t great but the taste is better with toffee malt matched by biting hops. Light and easy to quaff, it still has a decent amount of flavour given the low strength. A good lunchtime beer on a work day!
Finn (4321) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Cask at The Holly Bush, Hampstead 28 Apr 08. Golden brown colored. A filmy head. Modest malty aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet fruity flavor - rapidly followed by a fruity bitterness. Great to food.