Brewed by Cottage
Style: Bitter
Castle Cary, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Smooth, full bodied and light chestnut on colour. The Duchess is a refreshing ale, complimented by a powerful presence of fresh hop aromas.

maeib's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, - JUL 1, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Old Bank Northampton 24/06/13. An amber brown coloured beer with a whitish head. Sweet and malty. Also a bit phenolic around the edges. Below par even for Cottage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjsint (926) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Cask @ Rivermill Tavern, Eaton Socon. Hazy golden brown, a tiny bit of cream-coloured head. Aroma of wet wood, hints of cinnamon and smoke. Taste is a harsh sour/sweet that fades to a reasonably nice bitterish short finish. A real twiggy brown bitter, and not a great one at that. I don’t really care for this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2014
Cask @ The Works, Sowerby Bridge. Rusty copper-amber with a thick creamy head. A bitter with very tasty light chocolate notes in both aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Cask at the Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill, Reading. An appealing bright reddish copper pour with no head; spicy aroma; fruity taste with some earthy spices - almost Christmasy; and a dry caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Cask at the Leinster Arms - Bayswater, London. Pours clear gold-brown with a light foam head. It’s a tasty bitter with toasty bread malt base, mild leafy bitterness, hints of orange, earth. Light bodied with fine carbonation; decent condition. Sweet finish with more toast, citrus, light bitter grain husks and dried leaves. Decent offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17614) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (32132) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2013
From cask. Pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is mild fruity and toasted malty. Bitter, light tea-ish. Toasted malty and medium dry into a lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Subtly earthy hops and toasted malts dwell in a cushy mouthfeel, as lightly fruity caramel greets wet leaves in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam floats atop the clear copper.
-The mouthfeel is a tad oily and quite comfortable.
-The leafy, earthy hop bitterness is delicate.
-This is a well-made quencher, but somewhat forgettable.

On cask at The Royal Oak, Twerton-Bath.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2013
Cask@scottarms, great bare. Chestnut beer with large creamy head. Aroma of hops. Taste is malts and toffee. Medium bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1485) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
I really liked this beer, the appearance was chestnut brown and the taste was of chocolate and rich malts, really good

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