MalcolmTucker (773) - - JUN 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a white head. Standard brown bitter vibe. Flavour starts sweet with toffee and caramel before a mild bitter finish. A once dimensional session beer.
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle asda. Amber thin head. Caramel fruits malts in aroma taste ok bitterness. Medium body. Standard stuff.
jjsint (1057) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Bedford Arms, Bedford. Insipid amber, very flat for a bottle with hardly any head. Caramel, firewood and Turkush delight are represented in the interesting but ultimately unengaging scent. The taste is decent, with a respectable malt hit. Unfortunately it dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nothing for the finish. It’s not great.
wekker84 (1690) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts dry fruits yeast some caramel and hops flavor malts spicy fruits some caramel and hops
Erzengel (4492) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
*Old rating from 2010. Nice smooth malty beginning. Hints of caramel and chocolate there, smooth and Ale typical bitter finish with dark malty aroma. Nice.
v.zoltan (51) - HUNGARY - JAN 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Borostyán szín, hab nélküli megjelenés. Mazsolás, aszalt szilvás illat. Közepesen testes, kissé körtés száraz fanyar íz.
Mr_Pink_152 (1333) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
part of my 2013 backlog. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma toffee and malt. Taste has malts, caramel and a touch of Hop.
jamestulloch (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber body with a thin white head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of tea, copper and boiled vegetables. Flavour of fruit cake, bread and nuts. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. A reasonable Premium Bitter - I think this would be pretty good on cask.
dchad56 (38) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - on pouring high carbonation giving large 2 inch head. Retains smaller head on settling. Clear amber brown colour Nice on tongue - very drinkable.
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle that Dad shared with me- cheers. This is a beer that I’ve always thought of as reasonably decent when I’ve had it in good condition on cask, so I was interested to see how it would cope with the transition to bottle. It’s a bit lighter in colour than I remember it being on cask- amber with a thin off-white head. It’s definitely too fizzy. Up front though it’s quite promising- there’s a big fruity berry whiff. On tasting it’s much less pleasant- vague caramel pushed aside by assertive cardboard and metal. And the fizz is constantly annoying. Another decent UK cask ale is destroyed by pasteurization. Why do they do it?
Cimbasso (320) - - NOV 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 50cl bottle. Amber-brown with a whitish head. Malt and caramel aromas. The taste is malty with caramel overtones, some hints of raisins, followed by earthy malts. I remember the cask version of this very well, and the present day offering seems very poor in comparison, with nothing like the richness of the old brew. A rather bland beer these days, I am afraid.