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Castle Rock Hemlock Bitter

Brewed by Castle Rock
Style: Bitter
Nottingham, England
Serve in English pint


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The "Superstar" of quaffing ales. Mid Strength. Full flavoured with fruity notes on the palate with a smack of hops on the finish. This is the linchpin of the Castle Rock Brewery portfolio. It has impressed drinkers up and down the country with it's robust characteristics. It's popularity has formed the bedrock on which the success of the brewery has been built.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Egg4Goff (19) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2011
Cask; New Barrack Tavern, Sheffield. Typical bitter. Nice dark, nutty brown colour with a creamy head. Light malts and decent hops; quite well balanced. Light on the palate and good drinkability. Not outstanding but a fair session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2011
The Victoria Inn, Beeston, Notts. Tawny with a nitro-tight white lid. Soft, praline and lactic aroma like a well-used old barrel. Light herbal hop, caramel, a sway of fern, creamy malt finish alluding at cashew. Good, clean ticker’s bitter- you’ll enjoy it once but never come back to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2011
(Cask at Gallows Real Ale Festival 2011) The beer poured amber and clear. Head was small and white. Aroma had malts, hops, toffee and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavours were toffee, hops, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was bitter. I found the aroma and the flavour of the hops used in this beer too acrid and stinging. Otherwise a flawless brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Mild hoppy nose. Pale head of large bubbles. Slightly hazy golden/coppery colour. Sourish malty and hoppy taste. At the end hoppy bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8411) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2011
Cask at the Vat & Fiddle, Nottingham, England.
Cloudy red colour with creamy small off-white head. Mild fruity bitter hops and caramel malt in aroma. Bitter English Bitter fruitiness and some caramel sweetness in flavour. Bitter lasts in aftertaste. Creamy. Proper Bitter I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Cask, Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Unremarkable brown colour with minimal head. Caramel malts and some vague fruitiness, but very little happening. Bitterness lacked balls. Just about tolerable but flat and underwhelming. Next !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (17859) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
10th July 2008. Dark fruiy bitter with a distinct toffee streak and a dry herby floral finish. Unusual.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4159) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2009
Cask @ 3 Judges. Hazy amber colour, off-white head. Aroma has caramel malts. Flavour has caramel malts, some bitterness, toffee. Fairly bitter finish. A bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2009
Cask a the Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham. Fruity aroma and flavours of citrus and hops. I wouldn’t say anything bad about Hemlock. It has the perfect blend of flavours that you find in a bitter. However, there’s nothing exceptional about this beer. I think it’s better than most average beers I’ve had, but since I’m used to finding it at pubs with an extensive range (like the Lincolnshire Poacher or the Vat and Fiddle), I have the urge to give it an average score. But I’m trying to think of how good it is in the grand scheme of things so I’ll give the benefit of the doubt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1260) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2008
Cask gravity at the St. Albans beer fest. Copper with off white head. Toasty flavoured with a late citrus hoppy finish.

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