obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Toffee nose. Clear amber, thin yellow head. Malty toffee flavor. Standard bitter. Remarkably unremarkable. Faint orange finish.
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unsure about this. It was pretty good but also not great. If I was the Prince of Wales I would offer some princely advise about how I would like my ESB to be a bit different but still let the royal brewer know what I liked about the beer to offer positive encouragement. Other Duchy Original projects are pretty good though including the Green tea. Nice to see it is organic. Serving: Bottle
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This ale poured a cloudy dark orange colour with a nice frothy off-white head. Scents include citrus, spice and some dough. First taste was a little over carbonated and a little thin.Strong hop flavour with a bitter finish. Hops continue through the palate a little too much.
MXD (303) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ML. In a pint glass.
Forms a neat, albeit pretty small whitehead. Pours amber. A bit hazy, but still translucent.
The aroma is predominantly malty : mostly bread, with a small hint of nuts. While one can notice hops in the aroma, their mostly subdued. Overall, the aroma could be a little stronger.
The taste is basically bitter, but that one isnít extremely bitter either. A light-to-medium body, with very soft carbonation. Notes of butterscotch, bread (not the right-out-of-the-oven variety) and plum in this one. Rather subtile. Can be enjoyed, and proves once again that itís totally possible to brew good organic beer. But -- in the end, itís not much more than an average brew.
EDIT : Never rate a beer before finishing it! The more I progress, the more the "not-so-fresh" bread taste becomes unbearable.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber, with a firm head. As it progresses, it leaves good lacing. The nose is mainly smooth malt, with hints of sweet citrus and floral hops. The initial hops flavour is very interesting: fruity, with strong candied orange peel notes. It continues into a slightly unusual, yet quite pleasant, sweet malt finish, with a lingering aftertaste. A very enjoyable beer - I must applaud HRH Prince Charles for his fine creation, as I am certain he had much to do with the production of this beer. Jokes aside, it is great to taste an organic beer that is actually very enjoyable, as opposed to bland or unpalatable, which describe most other organic beers I have had.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, bronze-hued body with a finger of white head depositing small flecks of suds on the way down.
Smell: Light nose smelling of barley-based bread with some distant, vaguely sweetish toffee accents and notes of spicy, dried herbs.
Taste: Humble, even obsequious maltiness tasting of three-day-old bread marked with a bit of sweet toffee. Lightly spicy, herbal hop character hinting at basic black tea. Modestly bitter. A little barnyard apple comes about as it warms. Gently drying finish with those tea-like tones lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Soft, easy-going mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Simple, subtle, but easy to drink, itís a satisfactory beer to wile away the time with. So about as much as anything rolling out of Wychwood aspires to be.
BarossaLuke (531) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit cloudy, brown to copper coloured. This beer has an interesting aroma, more complex than bitters from the larger breweries. Butterscotch, earthy, slight roasty notes make for a complexity that stands out. The palate is quite full, finishes dry and has good malt and hop aroma. Im thinking there is a reasonable yeast derived character here too, would love to know which yeast they use.
Strykzone (4198) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light copper colored beer that is fairly well carbonated. It has a two finger tan head that never goes away and leaves some lacing. The aroma is soft malt and light cinnamon. Flavor offers sweet fruit, rich malt, mild spice, and equally mild hop bitterness. A pleasant beer that wold make for a nice session.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours muddy brown in glass. Nose is malts and some resins. Taste is almost all dry malt. Pretty dry overall.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruddy, slightly hazy gold with a nice creamy, slightly offwhite head. Nose is by far the best quality, with a pronounced rich malty character usually associated with Old Ales: strong notes of golden raisins, earthy british hops, and dried figs. Unfortunately, the palate doesnít live up to the aroma: feels very thin for a bitter, with a mild medicinal hoppiness dominating the cereal malt base, finishing clean and with mild bitterness and some oxidation. A quaffable if unremarkable bitter, could probably benefit from bottle conditioning.