MalcolmTucker (720) - SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask. A standard UK style bitter with a substantial amount of caramel malt.
Tide (1670) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at bar. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with caramel, citrus, hops, toast and a bit of fruits. Bitter finish with citrus, caramel and a bit of roasted malts. Excellent real ale.
berkshirejohn (4395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Bird-in-Hand, Knowl Hill. Light copper in colour with a tight white head; fruity malt aroma; soft and fruity in the mouth with some burnt caramel and fruity hops giving a gentle but sustained bitterness and a lingering grassy caramel finish.
meerbier (1473) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@FyneAlesFest. Malty aroma. Amber colour, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, malty, light bitter, light bitter. Medium body, light sticky. Bit too sweet, flavourful.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This cushy ESB’s floral hops envelop light crème brûlée allusions, as delicate apricots are greeted by bitter resins and a biscuit-y undertow.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the glistening bronze.
-If you think a Bitter cannot be complex, please try this one. You might reconsider.
-The mouthfeel is suuuuper silky.
-Malts are also a tad caramel-like.
-Another engaging brew from Dark Star!
On cask at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell.
mr_h (2737) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear orange brown, thin white head, excellent lacing, caramel, bit of fruit, creamy malty, bittersweet, prolonged malty aftertaste
thomat (1990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Craft Beer, Islington. Amber with a small white head. Malty with hoppy notes. Malt, fruit and hops. Medium to light body with a nice, bitter sweet finish.
RichardW (1457) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Gilded Lily Carlisle. A good brown British beer! More malty than hoppy, but well bodied, full flavoured for 4% & a nice finish with just the faintest hint of chocolate and smoke.
EdKing (1793) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in the Kings Head. Colour is rich brown, clear with a white fluffy foam head. Nose is malty, chocolatey, nutty, toffee, slight herbal hop. Taste is a brown bitter with brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, English hops, ale fruit. Style is standard but it’s a good beer.
laiti (5517) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ St. Urho’s Pub
Aroma is quite light with cocoa and nuts. Flavour is a bit odd with berries, toffee, hints of mint and nuts. Also some caramel character exists. Palate is a bit light. Decent.