TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brilliant deep amber with thick yellow white head, webby lace, one of the nicest looking bottled English beers I’ve seen. Nutty, toasted, biscuit malts, more developed and less grainy than many of I’ve had in the style. Hops are subtle and lightly grassy and herbal, lightly floral and citrusy. Very enjoyable.
3fourths (7536) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. clear rust-colored body with a billowy off-white head and lasting retention. spectacularly clean nose, though restrained and somewhat mild, the biscuit and cracker pale malt and noble dry-hopping (spiced honey, green moss, flowers, light lemon) give it a brilliance that’s uncommon in bottled British beer. medium-full body with massive carbonation presence: round, firm, chewy, full in the mouth; lush texture front to back, with a crisp and smacking brightness that you typically see in lager (those that are well-made, that is), but with a bit more peach / orange / floral esters and a round chewiness expected of ale. a fresh, bright, golden, traditional English-style ale with stellar malt presence and a perfect accompaniment of English hop flavor, full, frothy, natural-feeling carbonation. this beer works very well in the bottle, I’m happy to find.
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask handpull at County Hotel Ashford. Clear golden brown. Malty aroma. good condition in mouth. some dryness on finish. Fine
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, old flowers, apricot), with notes of black tea, orange marmalade, light note of butter.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation.
Well, the good showing of the Golden was no fluke...this one is even better. Wonderful malt character, bright characterful hops, very clean (no grain husks, no doughy raw yeast, no off notes), fluffy mouthfeel, and once again the minor note of diacetyl accentuates the cookie-and-bread-crust malt without smelling off. A quaffer’s dream but worthy of contemplative study as well. Probably the only thing keeping this out of 4+ territory is the lack of bottle conditioning magic...the nose is a little toned down compared to the best live examples of this style.
mr_h (2120) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by handpump at Last Post, Paisley - clear deep golden ale, good white head, fruity hop aroma, caramel malt, fruity, hint of apple, refreshing, easy to drink, good temperature, moderate carbonation
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was given this by a friend who likes pale lagers so I was surprised to taste a decent bitter with some good hoppiness in the flavour. Not a bad surprise.
Leighton (8763) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Willow Walk, JDW, London. Pours clear gold with a tight, white cream head. Crisp straw nose, hints of lemon. Light to medium sweet flavor with some spices, straw, crisp dough, dry reeds. Light to medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Mild sticky finish with faintly spicy hay and leaves. Basic, aside from that spice edge.
DuffMan (5819) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Bright orange amber, medium white head. Aroma is toffee, earthy grass, almost peaty but not really. Caramel flavour with dried straw nuances, grassy bitter finish. Light but flavourful, a nice bitter.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a clear amber with a thin off white top. Scent is malty with some hops. Taste is toasty malts.
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle: pours a hazed amber in the glass with a smallish white cap. Modest carbonation. Aroma is understated – light sweet boiled cereals, light grassiness – clean. Weak mouth feel fluid body. Flavour is mild in both malt and hop presence, has a decent smoothness and ease of drinking, Bitter clean finish. Seems like a standard Brit pub mild to me, 2 dimensional, not really distinctive, but I presume this is far better fresh on cask – I have to wonder about the freshness of my sample seeing how it had virtually no ale fruitiness to it. Not that I’m overly thrilled by these mild Brit ales, but the idea of bottling cask style ale never works out well as it stales out so quickly in small containers like bottles.