BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml Bottle conditioned: obtained from Norman himself when visiting his brewpub. Poured at home into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 19 Jun 2013.
No sediment appeared to leave the bottle: slight haze to my old gold/amber coloured beer, on top a full and lasting head of off-white bubbles.
Norman, you’ve sold me a pup!
On the turn, this isn’t right. Smells OK, malts and fruitiness fill the nose nicely.
The taste however is ’on the turn’, not undrinkable, but not far off: this is going to go through me like a dose of ’you know what’ but I’ll not throw it away, I’m too mean. A Red Leicester Cheese and Branston Pickle roll helped me make it through the brew: well half of it anyway, I did have to drain pour some.
I shouldn’t really post this: but this is the third beer I’ve had to pour away from this brewpub and I didn’t write about the other two out of politeness to Norman who I know fairly well. Sorry Norman, but you must not sell beers that are off!
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask gravity at Tenterden BF 2013. Copper deep clear. Thin head. Some toffee and nettle on aroma. Its ok. Ok in mouth some nettle on finish
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gravity dispense at the twelfth Twickenham Beer Festival - 18/10/12.
Lightly hazed golden with a thin off white head.
Light vegetal tones on the nose.
Tastes veggy, light vinegar.
Medium bodied with an astringent bitter finish.
Leighton (10410) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival 2011. Pours rich gold with a small, white head. Nutty, malty aroma. Lightly sweet flavor, bit of toast, caramelish sugar, light leafy bitters. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Mild sweet finish, hints of toasty sugar and nuts. So so.
thewolf (11098) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. [thanks jezek]
Pours deep clear orange with a nice, creamy, white head. Aroma has oranges, flowers, roses, light grass. Medium carbonation, very dry mouthfeel. Flavour has sharp, fresh grapefruit, very dry - almost ashy, light caramel, very fresh and very drinkable.
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@The Elm Tree, Cambridge. Amber colour, small white head. aroma is fruits, wood and some mild notes of nuttyness and nectar. Flavour is quite much the same. A pleasantly balanced bitter.
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Conditioned Handpump Criterion Leicester. A light amber coloured beer with an off-white thin head. The aroma is fairly sweet and fruity with a faint hint of vinegar. The taste is also on the sweet side with berries. Decent enough but would prefer less chewy fruitiness.
leaparsons (7923) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Golden brown with a massive head and lots of carbonation. Aromas are spiced oranges and grapefruit with woody notes. Flavours are sweet citrus with lots of yeast. Fairly bitter with some woody, nutty notes. Resinous hops on the aftertaste. A decent bitter.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2010 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Copper amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, almost berry-like. Taste is malty, sweet and fresh. Some bitterness. Very decent pint. 18.7.10 Same location. Aroma had a hint of burnt gunpowder. Toasty malt taste. Singed grass perhaps. Slight bitterness. Rating:5,4,5,3,11:2.8
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dartford Beer Fest. Biscuit and toffee pale malt with a light dusting of fragrant hops. Lovely balance. Quite drinkable and pleasant. Though it possibly lacks the character, charm and interest for a really impressive beer, this could grow on me. [3.9]