harrisoni (13217) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull at Market Porter. Ruby with thin tan head. Decent toasty malts, some fruit. Pretty decent, lovely juicy malts, good finish. Good mouthfeel, nice ginger. Good ESB.
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish-brown with a tight off-white head. Aroma is strong fruit, earthy cellar, and light hops. Taste is roasty, toasty malts that fade to an astringent, herbal dry finish. Some cinnamon/cloves as well.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from open all hours. Aroma is slightly tart fruit, grassy, smelly old cellar. Taste is bitter, pale malts, slightly iodine. Alright, but a million miles from an old ale.
FatPhil (9007) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2006)
Rich red, healthy head. Rich aroma, fruity, malty and hoppy. Good roasty body, tangy, and very dry.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from the Bottle Stop.
Black red, totally opaque and topped with an impressive beige head. Rich and malty with an old dusty character. Pistachio notes along with chocolate and plum. Slightly soapy in the flavour with an almost floral and herbal character in the finish. Close to really good but falls just short of the mark.
joe19612 (1801) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned. A real dark amber beer with a thick white head. Plenty of roasty malt and hops. A very good beer.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cranmer’s 1549 Evensong service is one of the jewels of the Anglican ritual. The eponymous beer is pretty good too. Dark red brown with a huge, gushing off white head. Malty aroma, earthy and basic. Taste is roasted malt and ashy with a sourness in the background and some bitterness to follow. I enjoyed it after All Souls’ Evensong in a medieval parish church deep in the English Midlands, which seemed the right place and time.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity nose reminds me of christmas pudding and roasted elements, deep copper, foaming head disappears. Light body. malty mouthfeel, coffee and caramel notes, not much bitterness. A nice beer that as nice as it is could have been better.
Sigmund (4939) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Bottle conditioned. ABV is 5.0%. Copper coloured beer with a large and lasting creamy tan head. Pleasant aroma of fruity hops and malt. Lovely malty flavour with some caramel and fruity hops. A very nice and drinkable beer indeed.
imdownthepub (9961) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned, 500ml. Ruby to brown with slight white head. Rich malty beer, fruity with a touch of caramel, licorice, sweetish and a little chocolatey. Good drinking through the (almost) pint. A good BCA.