tombyars (1317) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2004. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark copper in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong malty aroma of vinous fruits and caramel. Robust creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt complex gives rich moist maltloaf with dollops of raisins, figs, banana and maple syrup. Slight note of dusty hop resins but short lived as the aftertaste becomes dry and vinous. Finish has an alcoholic brandy like warmth with hints of christmas spices to it. A Scottish strong ale in the tradition of Broughtonís Old Jock. Well recommended.
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From cask at Counting House as Edinburgh Strong Ale. Pours clear and golden brown with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish and light hops fruity. Sweet malty to breadish flavoured. Distinct bitterhops note coming through giving the beer and overall bitter feel. Ends dry and bitter. Simple.
downender (5912) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the Van Dyke Forum, Bristol 31/10/10. Copper coloured with a frothy white head. Big aroma of butterscotch, bananas and marmalade. Flavour was sweet and sticky, with chunky caramel, more fruit and a touch of diacetyl in the finish. A bit overpowering.
berkshirejohn (4204) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Definitely in the "heavy" style. Reddish gold with a dense cream head; malty aroma; a sweet chewy malt body with some apricot fruit; that hides the finish, although there is a noticable alcoholic burn. Not something Iíd try again.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in íSpoons Beer Festival í10. Amber brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, creamy, buttery toffee. Thick malty taste, doughy and near cloying, like a Bakewell Pudding doused in golden syrup. Any bitterness is concealed to the very last moment. Overwhelming.
wheresthepath (1445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading] Deep copper with a small off-white head and a slight fizz. Inviting malt and toffee aroma. Sweet toffee taste with a bit of cough mixture, some peardrops and a hint of vanilla and herbs. Comforting, lasting buttery finish - I know some people here moan about "diacetyl" (whatís wrong with "butter...?"), but personally I think it works rather well in some of the stronger UK ales. Overall itís a decent winter warmer.
Bullit (3856) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
Cask @ Sir John Moore, JDW. Copper colour, white head. Aroma is caramel malts, bit fruity. Flavour is malty, some fruits, slightly sweet. Slightly dry finish. Not too special.
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at Society Rooms, JDW, Maidstone. Very deep brown/gold burnished I guess. Thick lasting cream head. Itís a strong fruity tasting ESB. Quite bitter on finish. Itís pretty good to be honest. I liked it.
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
27th October 2010
Spoons Fest! (As Edinburgh Strong Ale). Clear darkish amber beer. Residual suddy white head. Sweet malt and sweet orange dominate a light sulphur note. Palate is low carb and dry. Light tones of sweet toffee and a whisper of banana. After 20 mins of swirling and standing the sulphur is mostly gone and whats left is a flat sweet strong tangy-fruit beer. Not bad.
leaparsons (7801) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, William Wygston, Wigston. Dark amber with an off-white head. Aromas are dark treacle with burnt toffee and raisins. Earthy hops with some spices. Quite vinous. Flavours are sweet toffee followed by dry, vinous red wine notes. Bitter and fruity on the finish with berry notes coming through. Quite gritty and aggressive on the aftertaste even for itís strength. OK.