maeib (8576) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Northampton BF. Obviously a deep nutty brown coloured beer. The aroma is pretty sweet with good fruity bready notes. The taste has especially good bready notes as well as fruit. A tasty beer.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber. Peculiar sour cream aroma. Fascinatingly complex taste with grass, roast malt, nuts, ash, fruity sourness and slight bitterness. Enjoyable, but perhaps a bit too odd.
ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted by half-pint at the Pembury Tavern, Hackney, N. London, on 02/07/2006. It was just on when I ordered it, so it came just absolutely fresh~~
Appearance: dark russet-brown colour with great clarity, coming with a thin foamy head full of pancake-like large air-cells weaved together; very low carbonation.
Smell: a slightly sour edge of pineapple-ish fruitiness comes with a delicious nutty-sweet flow of malts, accompanied by a little sulphur at the back; very low in hoppyness but fairly balanced and smooth overall, a bit like a cup of black-tea with nut syrup.
Taste: a mouthful of malts, very much like caramel-coated nuts with a faintly roasty tinge of dark malts; slightly tangy at the back of the palate, but the hop entry is extremely low; a bit of sourness of raw nuts develops in the end. Short finish with a very restrained aftertaste.
Overall: Fresh in texture but thin-ish in terms of the overall body. This brown ale gears towards the boring side, as without the contribution from hops, the maltiness is not sufficiently complex and couldn’t keep one’s interest for long.