johnnnniee (1955) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New product line introduced to NH, what the hell the bottle looks cool.
Pours a clear deep dark golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, butterscotch, earthy with a hint of mineral water. The flavor holds no surprises that the nose hadn’t already revealed. Lightly caramelized sugar, toffee, lots of light sweet fruit, a bit of butterscotch mineral and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. Nice English pale, I could see myself plowing through a few of these if I were sitting in a pub on the other side of the pond.
jmohno (998) - Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint to SS English pint glass.Slight head,slight lacing. Almost clear orangish gold.
Some hops in aroma,some mild: toast ,butter,nuts,caramel, a bit of chocolate.
Taste is anything but boring for a bitter,same as aroma,with a nice mellow hop presence, dry chocolate nutty, citrustones in the finish.Has a nice lasting bittering.Somewhat complex but also refined. Alot of matching elements that make up a good tasting beer.Smooth and enjoyable.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours murky copper, light brown, small off-white head, little retention. mainly caramel and grassiness. spiciness, some graininess. oranges, citrus and very hint of pine. average carbonation, medium body, short but fairly present grassy-citrusy finish. meh.
daniel0017 (370) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
semi-cloudy, orange-amber effervescent body with a sediment gathering at the bottom. copious amounts of beige frothy head with impressive lacing. started fizzing as soon as it was uncapped. variety of hops to the nose, too complex to describe. flavor is equally complex: dry malt, rye bread, yeast, autumn fruits and a variety of hops. dry but not overly bitter finish.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
JDW, Rochester. Mouldy leather and a dry spacious toffee accented malt. Well integrated bittering hops. A little old fashioned, but drinkable.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before May, 2013: Rusty peach. Thin but creamy and nicely sustained white foam. Enticingly rustic nose of blackcurranty hops, apricot jam-filled butter cookies and vague pepperiness. Faint mineral character. Tight, firm carbonation. Soft medley of earthy, curranty hop flavors merge with supple apricot esters. Spicy, woody hop notes soon accompany the subdued bitterness that develops. Malt is fairly weighty, depositing a cookielike sweetness on the tongue along with subtle tobacco. Dry nut skins and springy pecan flesh provide nice contrast to the sweetness as they link up and enhance the earthy, leafy sharpness of the hops. Pleasant dabs of forest floor/fallen leaves delicately adorn the otherwise simplistic malt-hop combo. Finishes cleanly attenuated with shortbread malt kissed with soft, spent tealeaf hop notes echoed with hints of wood and licorice. No flaws, and it is very well-balanced. Sure wish this was bottle-conditioned, as that would likely give it some extra nuance, along with improved texture and shelf life (oxidation in form of cardboard is already apparent), which this currently lacks. I could drink lots of this.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - 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 (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - 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 (12492) - 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 (6015) - 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.