cgarvieuk (12270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at the earl of essex ... golden amber ... soft floral zezt ... soft orange nose... flowery floral fruits ... bitter herbal front ... soft fruits ... got to check this is in right place
Leighton (8745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear gold with a tight, off-white cream head. Well now, from the nose Iím not very excited about this one. Itís all tangy berries and a bit of funk, which to me smacks of an infection. Huh, you know what? The beer actually tastes pretty good. Itís like a brett-laced IPA - seriously. The tangy edge is nowhere near lip-puckeringly strong, and really just adds some extra nuance to the beer. Otherwise, itís light to medium sweet with some bitter citrus, grapefruit, hints of pine, berries. Medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with mild resinous stickiness, more brett funk, pine needles that have been aging on a basement floor, lightly toasted bread, some further grapefruit, a bit of tangerine. In the end this was a pretty dynamic beer, although I have to doubt the funkiness was unintentional. Having tasted - and enjoyed - the beer overall, Iíll bump the aroma score up a bit as thatís just one piece of this package. Good one.