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 (4574) - 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.
rlgk (16893) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber color, small offwhite head. Not much aroma at all, maybe some malts and a little sweetness. A little thin, and the flavor is a little weak as well. There are better bitters...
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Conditioned, Masque Haut, London.
Deeply coloured amber body with a fine beige head. Sweet malt and maple syrup aromas. Flavour is initially sweet but then develops into a strong bitter of a relatively long period. OK, but not remarkable. If your in that sort of market, try Old Bob (Riddleys), ESB (Fullers) or Old Hooky (Hook Norton), all three are quality drops.
Quaffmeister (50) - Henlow, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Hand Pump) A chesnut coloured beer with a small light tan head. A very rich and full aroma that is supported by the almost viscous presence in the mouth. This quickly turns to an almost metallic twang on the palate. Not for me this one.