sammax (1) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This has been my house ale at the Swan Inn, Shepton Mallet for the last 4 years and it is the one ale that most demanding real ale aficionados locally enjoy and return to after trying other good ales. As a landlord the beer is a delight to serve as it presents and keeps well.
Fin (9160) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, gravity (BRIGHT) at Merton Village Hall Refurbishment event, Merton, Oxon 22.01.11 Pours conker coloured with nice white head. Despite being bright this beer showed good depth of flavour and held up well next to the Vale New Dawn, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and Toad Da Vinci Toad. This had good earthy rustic flavours, touch old fashioned quality about it, malty with nice rustic fruitiness. Just a decent down to earth bitter. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask in the market porter. Alround rating: Lightly sulphury, minerally earthyness, some fresh plummy fruityness, lightly malt character, grassy bittering hop in the finish. Drinkable bitter.
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kent Beer Fest, The Cow Shed, Canterbury. Brown sugar sweetness. Could do with better quality malt or longer fermentation. Tastes like a home brew. Hint of sulphur. Nice enough.
FatPhil (12719) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (Black Door, Helsinki)
Dark copper brown, small head. Aroma - sweet fruity malt and plenty of hops, quite brown and aley. Zingy bitter hops bite the side of the tongue. Sweet citrusy and zest, very hoppy (new world hops at that), but also a good rich malty body. Finish is spicy and citrusy, and very long. Maybe a hint of toffee in the taste too. When contrasted against a glass of amarillo juice (St. P. G-Free), this tastes very grainy.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Planet Thanet 2008.
Dark copper colour with a thin white film and in good condition. Lovely balance of malt, hops, wheat and tobacco. The hops are more dominating in the flavour. Good background malt with a tasty but delicate sweetness. Good stuff.
downender (7627) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at the Inn on the Green, Bristol. Amber coloured with a decent off-white head. Aroma was distinctly hoppy, more spuce-like than citrus with some supporting malt sweetness. Flavours were of red fruits with a touch of caramel. Finish was bitter and long. An excellent session bitter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Conditioned, at the Rake, Borough Market, London.
Clear mahogany colour, clean fine beige head. Nice flavour, nutty, rich and smooth.
harrisoni (16564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask handpull at Fly in the Loaf, Liverpool. Amber colour with lasting beige head. Superb bitter, ticks all the boxes and then some. Had the Matthews 40 Yard at Dover BF and was amazed by it. US style hops on aroma. Decent malts in mouth, quite soft, so drinkable. Some malt roundness. Hop on end is distinctive and works well again, some US sherberty grapefruity hop.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Out Of The Vaults Leicester. A dark brown coloured beer with a ruby hue amd a fluffy off-white coloured head. The aroma is malty and fruity. The taste is also malty and fruity with blackberries to the fore. Finishes with a stroke of bitterness.