Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly fruity, med amber, soft, light caramel and toast malt, fairly light body, quite drinkable.
Bif (1023) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Served a copper color with a nice head that faded to traces of lacing. Aroma is a bit fruity with trace of caramel in the background. Taste mild fruit with a bit of citrus along with mild caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, a bit of crispness and quite smooth. Has a bit of character to ound it out. Enjoyable cask ale.
TimE (2586) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper color, almost an aged Chinese liqueur nose. Woody earthy, dry , matly. A touch sour. Nice mouthfeel. Enjoyable session beer.
snuffla (155) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No evidence of the promised dry hopping on the nose for my money. Solid straight up and down bitter, some caramel malt. Finishes a little chalky. Decent pint, but the Bob Hudsons is the real star
beer4eternity (198) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Nice that they serve their beers at the correct temperature for drinking. Rich copper hue, no head. Yummy strong malty aroma dominates, caramel, toffee, ripe fruit (mostly dark fruit), a touch of sweat (?) yeastiness in there. Some sweetness but mostly bitter. No carbonation, oily texture, medium bodied. I liked this Bellringers Best Bitter beer but Bob Hudson’s Bitter was a bit better.
phaleslu (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the brewpub. Pours a nice clear amber with a small white head. A lot of caramel on the nose, along with vanilla, fruit, earth, and hops. The flavor is hoppier, along with the sweet caramel and vanilla, and just a bit of fruit and earthy notes. Light body, sticky, with a bitter finish. Another sessionable, solid, unmistakably English-style bitter from Galbraith.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. A golden beer with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, biscuit and fruit. The flavour is a nice chewy biscuit and fruit. Medium bodied with low bitterness.
Jimthechap (1195) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 A perfectly pleasant pint, very much in style of the classic English special bitters. However I felt that this beer was under hopped. Don’t get me wrong, I’d happily sit down with a pint of this, a pork pie and the crossword, but there are better in this class in New Zealand. I really, really wanted to love this beer more. A5A4T6P3O12 (3/5)
Re rate: This time I sampled in the bosom of its creator at Galbraiths in Auckland. There’s an adage that beer tastes best in the shadow of the brewery and I have to agree. Darker amber colour than it’s sibling Bob Hudson’s with a temporary white head. The aroma was primarily caramelly, but the aroma wasn’t especially significant. The mouthfeel of creamy bubbles carried with it an interesting fruitiness - lychee and guava on top of an appleness. Tasting gave more spicy bitterness that invited further appreciation. It became almost meaty and plummy. I find myself upping the score, but not by a great deal.
Papsoe (25131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Cask) Clear, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head leaving a neat lacework. Fat malty aroma. Medium body with a soft, low carbonated mouthfeel. Solid caramellish malt base but never sweet. Dry, hoppy finish. 070208
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Looks thick - hazy copper, yummy 1cm head. Smokey aroma that exudes well into the taste. And there’s biscuits too and a bit of burnt home-made hokey pokey (that’s a caramelised sugar and butter treat folks - like toffee). Scrummy easy drinkin’ beer that wants some food with it cos it’s deliciously bitter...