SilkTork (5537) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
May, 2005. JDW, Rochester. Red tinged brown. Sweet and juicy - punching well above the 5%. Tasty and satisfying.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask@ Crosse Keys: Dark amber with a light tan head. Mild malt aroma. Sweetish malty start with a dry slightly chalky finish. Mild fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied, but lacks character.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditiones & straight from the barrel (gravity) at The Dolphin (beer fest) in Derby on 25/02/05.
Dark brown colour.
Dry-ish, well balanced beer. Quite smokey, very nice and drinkable.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (gravity) at Olde Dolphin (Derby)Heavyweight Beer Festival 2005. Deep copper, strong and sweet malts, short dry finish, solid stuff if rather unremarkable.
RichardGretton (4628) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish looking still beer with a very malty aroma and very malty flavour that is slightly dry. Overall a good malty beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask@Bedford BF. Appleskin and toffee. Grainy. Not too much else going on, fairly short finish, and slightly dull mouthfeel.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colour, with (like the Elgood Barleymead also sampled at the same time) some rather off-putting cereal notes upfront in the aroma. After that, it settles down into a fruity and nutty strong bitter - clean and fairly dry. Overall, solid, but unspectacular. Cask (gravity dispense), Bedford Beer Festival 2004.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sampled at cask-conditioned at Akkurat, Stockholm) Hazy amber, rich long lasting white head. Pears and grassy hops in aroma, hints of ryebread. Starts sweet m,alty of peaches, raspberry stones, lime and toffee. Grassy hoppy finish. Could be nore mature.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 Cask conditioned - Gravity Dispense - Bedford Beer Festival. Just shows how funny this beer tasting thing is. I’ve had this beer plenty of times in the past and noticed good caramel flavours which Joeh notes in his rating. This was the same glass and I got none of that! Instead I found the taste a bit thick fruity and cloying. The aroma also had lots of fruity malt notes. Dark brown coloured. Score 2.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.2
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Conditioned at the Bedford Beer Festival 2004 (Wednesday Session).Strong and fruity beer with plengtly of caramel. Slightly Bitter.