madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
9th July 2015
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Cask. Lightly hazy amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth with decent fine carbonation. Nice condition. Pretty sweet malts, mild cream and mild toffee. Tangy but sweetish dried fruits. Little candy fruits. Light semi dry finish. Pretty sweet but okay. And 4.5% is strong? Hello it’s not 1940 any more!
fullers (268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, White Hart Inn, Hawes, North Yorkshire. From 2008 notes. Pour deep dark brown. Malty aroma. Quite sour. I remember the disappointment. I had wanted to like this beer.
joe19612 (2137) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a fluffy white head, rich malty aroma, taste is light bitterness and malty with a dry finish.
gegwilson (2103) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask in the George and Dragon, Dent. Not sure how this is a strong ale at 4.5%. Pours chestnut with a small cream head. Aroma is raisin. Strong raisin notes and quite sweet. A little coffee too. A bit different, but not great.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 05/05/13. A classic brown coloured beer with an off-white ring of head. Malty with lots of fruit. A bit sweet and sour. The sourness is probably not deliberate. An old fashioned bitter slightly tainted.
ManVsBeer (5818) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown coloured ale with a small head. It has a lovely soft coffee aroma and similarly gentle smooth taste.
planky84 (2369) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Grape and Grain Autumn beer festival, Crystal Palace. Reddish-brown pour with a white head. Cherry and raisin aroma. Toffee and raisin flavour. Fruity finish.
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA: Feb 2008 with an update at the back from Feb 2012: Brown 500ml bottle, unable to read the best before date, hope it was OK.
Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass twice, because I can.
Lovely dark brown colour, mahogany wood brown, no head, just a collar almost straight away. I like to have a head on my beers though.
The aroma is all about the malts used in the brew, rich toasted almost burnt smell, warming is another way of putting it.
The taste doesn’t live up to the richness of the aromas, still flavoursome and very malty none the less, hops also appear within taste, a sweetness comes into the beer as it warms too.
Maltiness apart, there is very little to this beer and you would never guess it had 4.5% within.
Was expecting more from this, not as good as I’d hoped, average at best.
Update 17th Feb 2012: Had a pint (Cask) last night and really enjoyed it. Those malt flavours I mentioned in the original review were still in major control but the overall tasting was a lot more balanced and if I’d been scoring the beer on last nights findings it would have been higher in every box apart from the smell score which would have stayed at 4.
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Cask handpull, Whitefriars, Coventry, 25/02/12. Almost stouty mahogany in the gloom with a tuft of cream suds. Sourish, berry-accented, yeasty aroma. More berries, cocoa dusted plum, stone fruit yeastiness on the palate. Pleasant malty bitter, if a little dull.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First tasted this in the Fox & Hounds, Houston in November 1997. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark mahogany in colour with a thick creamy buff white head. Soft mocha and caramel in the long sweet aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a chewy moist maltloaf base with maple syrup and dates present. Spicy hop resins give a short bitter aftertaste. Finish is heavy on the malt with caramel and raisin fruit present. A superb session ESB style ale and worth seeking out.