The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at home as ’Castle Hung Drawn and Slaughtered’, 2012 vintage, 10%. Dark amber orange, clear, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is spirits, cabbage, gummy bears and copper pipe. A real mix. Body is smooth, low carbonation. Taste is a bit sweeter and fruitier with tangy marmalade, gummy bears and booze. Overall, it’s fine. Pretty much as expected!
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Bright orange amber coloured pour with a small halo of white head. Aroma is tangy orange, slightly musty, brown sugar, hot alcohol. Flavour is composed of tangy orange rind, slightly musty, hint of acid. Little brown sugar. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, slight tangy. Actually not bad.
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Richmondo, big thanks to Dirty Danny. It pours clear rich deep Amber with no head whatsoever. The nose is earthy, musty, dirty, leather, butterscotch, toffee, stewed orange, vegetables, gummy bears and over - ripe fruit. The taste is tangy orange, tangerine, candy, sticky, gooseberry, earth, gummy bears, with a short finish. Medium- full body and slick mouth - feel. I doubt it would do you harm in the short term, but in the long term maybe.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared in Richmond - many thanks to Daniel. Vintage 2012. Pours clear, rich gold with a slight, creamy white head. Interesting aroma, some rich bread, ripe citrus, earth, orange, faint metal, grains. Medium sweet flavor, lightly musty, with tangy berries, some farts, very slight acetic notes, sugary bread. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish, with further tart fruits, hints of vinegar, bread, earth, leather. Quite novel stuff, but just a little rough.
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Deep Amber colour with a tan head. Stewed fruit aroma taste is lightly sweet, with a thick body and alcohol warmth.
gegwilson (3200) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Cornwall holiday. Pours deep amber with a cream head. This is another pretty bad beer from Castle. There are some decent flavours hiding in there including pear drop and sherry notes. But there’s some unpleasant ones too. Sourness and tin. A mess, but improves as it goes down.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from some little tourist shop in the beautiful Polperro, Cornwall. Murky medium brown with a thin to medium pale tan head. Aroma is boozy, sweet malts, nail varnish, aniseed, Belgian yeast type notes. Flavour is yeasty, sugary caramel, toffee, sweet boozy finish. Strength hidden quite well. Good work!
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
20th October 2013
Bottle drank on hols in St Ives. Clear amber beer with a small off white head. Smooth dry palate with very modest carbonation. Sweetish caramel. Brandy like alcohol provides an evaporating dryness. Touch of dried fruits. Dry and slightly gum numbing finish. It passes muster but is clunky.
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at JF’s (from Hogsback shop) 28/10/12.
Clouded dark amber with no head, sediment visible on pour.
Dark caramelised sugars on the nose, butterscotch, sweet candied sugar, dried apricot, prunes and dates.
Tastes slightly sour, dark bitter fruits, burnt toffee.
Full bodied with minimal carbonation.
Boozy dross !
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010-2011 vintage - Gyle 66.
At cellar temperature and into a chalice. Burgundy hued chestnut, just shy of bright with a quickly settling, thin layer of yeast on the base. Carbonation is minute, well conditioned; the head a diminishing layer of cream. A few swirls reveals good legs as it leaves a thick film upon the glass. Deeply vinous, sweet and treacly nose brimming with caramelised stone fruit, Iranian dates in syrup, cough medicine, heather, driftwood and alcohol spice. Heavily medicinal, heady and woody in the mouth. Body is light, a little residual carbonation is apparent but it is oily for the rest. Lots of tart plum and berry fruit, powdery chocolate, burnt wood, twigs, weeds underneath the fruity Benadryl™ notes. Alcohol is evident giving a drying warmth to the finish that holds a tangy, metallic note along with that funky flavoured palate; a long, long linger. Overall its quite pleasant though lacking in the body department. A very warming slow sipper! (33cL, Tucker’s Maltings, Newton Abbot, Devon)