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Cottage Somerset & Dorset Ale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Cask; Regular (Rail Ales range).
Named after the Somerset & Dorset Railway, S&D is a well hopped, malty beer with a deep red colour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6348) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Cask at the Fitzrovia. Dark orange/brown, still, hazy, small scummy off-white head. Aroma is twiggy toffee, chemical astringency. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is rounded malt, wholemeal bread, light treacle, a little astringent, soft bitterness. Some pleasant subtle flavours and very drinkable. Good beer for the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Cask at the South Western Arms, St Denys (So’ton) - 09/09/12. Light chestnut brown with a small off-white head that soon thins. Dark malt dominates the nose allied to a little smoke. Malt dominates the taste, fruit undertones. Not a lot else to report! Medium bodied, low carbonation lending to a bitter finish. File under ’W’ for whelmed!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Birthday Feathers’ Owl-Drawing Crawl, cask handpull, Cock and Hoop, Nottingham, 30/07/12. There’s no escaping Cottage. Generous-lacing, dirty copper clouded at the edges. Metal-rubbed berries aroma, coinage. Typical yeasty sesame and red berry Cottage with an added lick of copper. Overly metallic. Tweak of nut. Like the other beer in this pub, didn’t finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2011
Cask@The Pineapple, London. Amber coloru, small white head. Aroma is fruits, wood, floral and a bit leathery and caramelly notes as well. Flavour is fruity, wooden, caramelly and mildly earthy. Brilliant pop-in with 4 of the 5 casks being new for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2009
Cask at the Lyndhurst, Reading. Mid-brown with a scummy off-white head; aroma of apple and fruity malts; apple flavours too, with well-balanced lightly roasted malts; and a biscuit and toffee finish. Refined and elegant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
<i>Cask Conditioned at The Bree Louise, London</i>
Mahogany color, thin creamy head and nice lace. Good caramel aroma. It has a solid caramel flavor, followed by some chocolate and a hint of fudge that qualifies it. More chocolate and correct bitterness at the end. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 [cask handpull at Lyndhurst Arms, Reading] c7 Fairly dark for a bitter, medium creamy head, some sediment. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, lots of malt, a little chocolate, earthy bitter finish. Went down easily, but pretty unmemorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2008
Cask handpump @ Allied Arms, Reading RG1, England.
Clear medium amber color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, toffee, notes of peat. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (010508)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2008
Cask at The Priory Arms, Stockwell. Pours copper with a small offwhite head. Nice flowery toffee aroma. Solid bitterness, quite earthy, but with hints of lemon. Not much carbonation. A solid bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theoakhillinn (7) - Oakhill, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 A well hopped red-brown coloured ale, it is fruity with a chocolate aroma. There is malt and chocolate in the finish. On tap as a guest at The Oakhill Inn, Fosse Rd., Oakhill, BA3 5HU Somerset. 30-03-08

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