VastActiv (5688) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is light brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, malts and bitterness.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted and nutty caramel malts elegantly move into leafy hops and their bitterness in this balanced Brown Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear deep amber-brown.
-Drinkability is very high.
-The flavour profile is nicely balanced.
-The conditioning here is beautifully done.
-This may not be the most compelling example of the style, but it remains very nice throughout.
On cask at Craft Beer Co., Brighton.
MannyGoldberg (194) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Old Nun’s Head- 17 June 2013. People who whine on about boring brown bitter would do well to check this out. Lovely balance between the malts and berry notes. Would have loved a 2nd pint had I not had to be somewhere else.
kwik-lime (1698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite hoppy with strong dark fruit character. Nice malt character to balance, really enjoyable session beer.
Imaena (2202) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. This is a really well done bitter with lots of depth and nuance. Let it warm up a bit and sip again.
Rasmus40 (17546) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Cask Pub and Kitchen, London. Clear amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and light hoppy. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate biter. Sweet and light biter finish. 260413
mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pours chestnut red with a nice slightly off white head, Thought I detected a hint of coffee in the freshly opened botte but this quicky disappeared and was replaced by dark fruits. Flavour was slightly bitter fruits with leaves in the mix. Slight thin oil feeling in the mouth with subtle carbonation. Gets even nicer the further down the glass you get. Nice, flat bitter finish.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from The Real Ale Warehouse, drunk 28/03/13. Clear copper. Pours thick cream head, collapsing to good covering that lasts well. Med carb. Aroma - Toffeeish malt, lightly roasted grain and sweet, dark fruit. Little bit yeasty. Taste - Lightly sweet; rounded caramel and faintly roast malt. Caramel sweetness blends well with the lightly fruity hops. Some nice, light hoppy spiciness. Little bit metallic. Some yeastiness. Lightly bitter-sweet, clean finish. Good balance. Little aftertaste. Med body. A pretty decent, darkish bitter, though the slight metallic & yeast taste can be slightly off-putting, and it doesn’t quite satisfy; might be the lack of a significant hop aftertaste.
Graham77 (425) - SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 500 ml bottle. Aroma is brown sugar for me, quite pleasant. Nice brown/red colour with an off white head that retains quite well. Taste has a slightly medicinal note like cough syrup, also coffee and toasted grain. Medium sweetness and medium bitterness. The first time I tried this I thought the sweetness of the malt dominated the hops but second time it seems to be more hoppy. A pleasant ale though.
BOBBDrinker (66) - - MAR 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lively light chestnut bitter from fyne ales. This ale is not particularly strong, but is a pleasant drink, with a light cream to tan head this beer is a simple dark bitter. It has a subtle fruity aroma but is overpowered by malt and hop. Unfortunately the fruit has no role in the beer but the hops and malts compliment each other very well to make an overall good bitter.