Theydon_Bois (7002) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Tin Goose, LHR T1, 25/01/13.
Clear copper golden with a thin bubbly white head.
Nose carries pale malts, light summer fruit, background caramel notes.
Taste comprises summer fruits, light malts, some hop presence, grain.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, some bitterness in the dry finish.
First time I’ve had this in 10+ years and you know what - it’s a well balanced simple bitter and perfectly drinkable.
I think this beer (in my mind) has picked up a stigma of being a dud because it is a default choice in the Shit Hole Arms (TM) and therefore I’ve had a number of bad pints over the years.
Better than some of the latter day twig offerings by some distance when well kept, which it was here !
Holmen1 (2003) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 18, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Fra håndpumpe på The Coach and Horses ved Covent Garden rett før Lion King-forestilling: lite aroma, lite smak og kort ettersmak. Her har de virkelig spart på det meste. Bra det bare var en halvpint.
dogbomb (863) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask. Dark amber ale with a spotty off white head. Nose is toasty malt and damp underpants. Taste is oaky, earthy and a little "off". Dampness. Still, ale is ale and this is to be drunk. Finish is bland and woody. Not sure this is the best kept ale.
hohops (136) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance- dark brown with a small foamy white head. Aroma- not much at all- a bit of malt, slight hints of raisin. Taste- bitterness, vague hint of raisin and biscuit, thin mouthfeel. You have to search quite hard for any flavour, but there’s nothing offensive about it.
jaguarxj6 (33) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Blue Stoops Chesterfield. Light Brown with quite a caramel,nutty taste which lingers. Had a bit of a surprise with this,as i wasn,t expecting to like it. However,it,s not a bad beer at all and makes a pleasant session ale. There may be better beers out there but by the same token,there are many that are far worse.
Osprey87 (1180) - London via, WALES - DEC 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Ye Olde London. Pointlessly short review due to a social event. Light orange/yellow. Light body, low carb. Taste - watery, bland, slightly bitter, inoffensive, astringent without having the flavour to back it up. Not great, though this didn’t seem like the type of pub where you’d expect the beer to be in great condition.
altonbrownd (4615) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Cask at The Wheatsheaf, Esher/Surrey. Nice amber body with mediu head. Nose is fruit, roasty malts, hops. Taste is hoppier, with citrus and fruits. Good bitter in the finish.
Sockamania (42) - - OCT 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average malty and caramel beer. Nice on a winter’s evening but not much interesting.
Camons (5046) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ The Ancient Foresters, London. Pours brown with a small white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts. Flavor is malt, caramel, nutty , light citrus. Medium body, soft carbonation. 210913
k0mpsa (948) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at pub and kitchen, london heatrow. Little hazy amber brown color, smooth white head. Aroma is quite nice sweet malts. Light body, sweet, malts, smooth palate. Basic british bitter.
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask pints on 28 Jun 2013 at The RAF Cosford WO and Sgt’s Mess Summer Ball (of all places).
Not bad, remember it being a bit thicker and richer from years ago: this seemed to be a watered down version.
Looked OK: amber/golden brown body with a full off-white cap.
Malts, semi-fruity nose and taste, a decent enough blend but missing deep flavours and oomph.
Moved onto dark Rum and Coke after three pints.