BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle conditioned: BBE of Aug 15. Poured carefully into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on the afternoon of 28th Jul 15. Nice looking beer, reddy brown, chestnut like the label claims in fact, the head a large billowing off-white foam blanket, no sediment left the bottle, so the body was clear and clean. Malty lead in both the aroma and taste, but only just, the hop content leaps into the latter stages of the flavour giving a good, bitter finish to this pleasant blend. The nose becomes more hop centric as the beer warms with a woody, piny aroma coming through the maltiness. Good body feel to the brew also: a new brewery to me, happy I found it.
huwbowles (5) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 My favourite beer of the moment. Nice balanced beer not too hoppy. Nice Amber colour
OwainTurner (420) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A very average bitter. Tastes very fresh, but nothing special. Lacks a clear flavour.
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mellow aroma. Amber colour. Some character of caramel, and slight spiciness. Ok bitter.
SarkyNorthener (3026) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@waggonandhorses, oldbury. Dark amber, medium head and good lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is malts, dry hops and a touch smokey. A decent beer.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - MAR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyable, honest bitter. Hazlenuts, malt, and a medium hoppy zing near the finish.
TomCouch (23) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a nice dark amber colour without much of a head. Pleasant traditional bitter flavour which is eminently drinkable, but not earth shattering. Would happily drink all evening.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - caramel and and biscutie
A - dark gold with thin head
T - light sour and sharp bitter
P - mid
O - ehhh....
anders37 (19376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Willow Walk, JDW, Victoria SW1. Pours a pale copper color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slighlty metallic aroma. Fruity malty nutty caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity caramel nutty hoppy finish.
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The King’s Highway, Inverness 250811
Light brown amber...thin white dense head.
Taste of fruity malt, caramel, berries, some bitter spicy hops, bit of toffee. Has a reasonably good flavour.
Palate...soft carb...smooth...Finish fruity malt with some bitterness, light roast.
Overall...Pleasant drinkable beer, not exciting, but just a traditional bitter that is somewhat better than the average bog standard bitter.