oh6gdx (24495) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@HBF2016. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, some floral and wooden notes with mild toffee. Flavour is quite similar with a slight nutty edge to it. Refreshing, and quaffable.
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at St Urho’s, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some fruits, citrus, some floral, hops and malts.
Vladivostok (411) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice golden ale, if slightly sweeter than most with a delicate malty nose. Served in this particular instance with a tight creamy head and although the palate was quite robust I found it difficult to detect more than a hint of citrus in the final product. Nonetheless quite drinkable and refreshing.
The pub in which I tried all the Gower beers (The King’s Head, Llangennith) was clearly top-notch for its cellarmanship and whilst it could not make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, its skill in this direction certainly did the beers no harm at all.
mr_h (4512) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Prestwick Toll, Prestwick - clear deep golden amber, lot of bubbles, thin rapidly disappearing head, barley sugar aroma with some malt, sweet, caramel, some fruitiness and citrus, low carbonation
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium off-white head, fed by very lively carbonated orangeish golden, clear beer; end of bottle a little yeastveil. Spices/hers nose, veyr nicely, but impossible to determinte which kitchen herbs. Tad of caramel. Hoppy, C-hops - passion fruit, not very British. Bit grapey too. Very fruity, and a bit of malts. MF is very British: just not empty. Bit onedimensional, but I suppose that it must be a very good session ale on cask. Txs to Stef!
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 19/12/13. An orange gold coloured beer with a little white ring of head. An acetic note to the nose. More fruity and acceptable in the mouth. Does still have a hint of infection but otherwise it’s drinkable enough.
imdownthepub (12688) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 500ml from Sainsbury’s in Banbury. Hazy gold with short lived head. The flavours are low impact in this, there is a smoothish body, a touch of sweetness and a hint of caramel. Maize and corn notes perhaps, a light bubblegum flavour then sweet fruitiness. Nothing exciting but drinkable.
joe19612 (2451) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, aroma is malty and fruity, the taste is sweet with a dry finish.
zacgillbanks (4072) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s Team Valley. This is a pale golden hazy beer with sweet biscuit and slight sour citrus fruity flavours followed by toffee and sweet almond on the finish.
BlackHaddock (5756) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml Bottle: BBD Apr 14, poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged pint vase at home on 16th Nov 13 having just got in from watching Grimsby Town win away at Tamworth.
As the name might suggest, this is a golden coloured beer, the white head disappeared into a weak wisp within 30 seconds and a thin collar not much longer, not good in my eyes.
Lemon notes in the nose, more so in the taste: a bit one dimensional and not really my thing, refreshing enough, but not exciting enough to make my taste buds ache for another sip, had trouble finishing the whole bottle to be honest, but this was my lining for the evening before the heavier stuff got opened. Almost got the evening off to a bad start, I’ll not be seeking out this beer again.