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Freeminer Speculation Ale

Formerly brewed at Freeminer
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Cinderford, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled by Marstons after cold filtering and re-pitching with bottle yeast.
Ingredients: Optic pale malt; Crystal malt; Chocolate malt; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
"A rich premium strength ale, plenty of hops in the nose, and loads of rich malt flavours in the mouth, an initial sweetness is rapidly replaced by the onslaught of hops a La Freeminer style, and the beer departs leaving a complex but balanced hop and malt aftertaste."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Cask at the Red Lion and Pineapple - Acton. Pours clear, dark gold with a foamy, white head. Sweet beer, with moderate bready malts, sugary fruits, minimal bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation; OK condition. Finishes with further sweet malt character and mellow, sugary fruits. Fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Cask at The Metropolitan Bar (W’Spoons), Baker Street, London. A dark amber/ruby red coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Vague fruity, caramel. Tastes fruity, caramel, almost metallic. Clearly not very fresh. I left most of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (6466) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2014
(Cask at Angleterre, 20140602) The beer poured ruby red and clear. Its head was medium sized, white and it lasted long. Aroma had toffee, caramel and grass. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were caramel, sweetness, earth, grass, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, malty and bitter. A way too sweet ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2014
Cask. Light hazy hazelnut brown with a small off white head. Malty notes of cocoa, light chocolate, malt syrup, light fruity notes, over ripe banana. Medium body, oily texture, soft/near flat carbonation, medium sweet and light bitter. I don’t get the hop onslaught that the description says, and all in all it’s not that interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8697) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Cask @ Barum Top Inn, Halifax. Copper with a frothy head. Has a sweetness throughout with a medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Desverger (8337) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
cask@The Crosse Keys JDW, London - amber pour with small white head. Fruity and sweet malty number, toasty, caramel, light toffee, some light floral and herbal nuance. Okish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Cask at The Columbia Press (JDW), Watford on 30 April. Poured a clear amber, with a halo of white head. Aroma of cooked fruit, grass and rhubarb. Straw, berries and brown sugar flavours. Finish was caramel, resin and toasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
On cask at Wheatsheaf (JDW), Stoke. Pours chestnut brown with an ice cream froth head. Some caramel, very thin feel. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2014
Cask by hand-pump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear deep amber, thin bubbly off-white head, earthy malty aroma, no lacing, earthy caramel, oily texture, standard premium bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Full caramel bitter, which is extremely sweet with a mid roasted bitter. Dark in colour with thin cream coloured head. ok.

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