SaintMatty (5779) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (Fitzgerald’s, Sunderland) - Copper with a small head. Raisins, marzipan and a hint of orange peel in the aroma. Fruity taste with raisins, caramel and earthy hops.
jjsint (1214) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ NWAF ’14, Derby. Copper coloured even though it advertises itself as a ruby ale. Lush smell of sugarcane and forest fruit. Taste is less exciting, but is refreshingly sweet with a bitter finish. Pretty darn good.
RichTheVillan (4077) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Barton Arms; chestnut brown pour with a beige head, malt forward with dark fruits, biscuity malts some assertive hops, very autumnal and very nice.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This cask was the better of two Dancing Duck beers available at the pub. It’s a decent enough bitter. However I think among the few that I have tried so far it is the weakest. That said you could do far worse in the Midlands.
Aroma / Appearance - The chestnut body looked like a polished piece of hardwood furniture. Wisps of white head presided over a flat base (not surprising for a cask). The nose was chestnuts and sweet malt balls. Mellow and smooth it was mostly on the mark.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy and full bodied the mouthfeel was a pleasant surprise. Chocolate, almonds, and lightweight malts did begin to feel a bit mundane over time. The hops that hung around in the finish give it a mild bitterness. Ultimately though it was lacking enough complexity to be interesting enough for a second pint.