Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Chestnut with a red hue,medium head,aroma of malt yeast red wine and toffee,taste of malty sweetness,blackberry,dry hoppy warm bread,long dry finish
undercurrent25 (1179) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer this one, smotth malty sweetness, great aroma and palate, very hard to fault it, one of the best bottled beers I’ve had
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze and poured with a small head. Malty with some fruitiness.Bitterness develops and all round this is an above average bitter.
Pinball (10136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber and brown, large smooth offwhite head.
nutty, caramelly, slightly syrupy or honey aroma, also malts, herbal or hoppy bitterness, berries, faint metal. a lot going on, might come off as a bit thin, but definetly quite complex.
flavor is mild caramel, mild roasted grains, mild malts, faint blue berryish note, ends more roasted. faint spicy flavor too, likely from hops.Very nice flavorfull easy drinking Bitter, with lots of complexity. Palate is very smooth too.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle drank on 5 Sep 2013. Poured into an ’Old Speckled Hen’ badged vase shaped pint glass: looked good.
Deep brown body colour with a full off-white crown, the colour held even at the thin base of the vase, so good depth of colour.
The nose was all sweet malty molasses, as was the initial taste. Nutty, woody, notes of caramel and toffee, the hops were hiding well below the surface and just about preventing the brew becoming purely a malty mess. Hardly noticed the hops, even as the mouth dried no true bitterness or hop fell arrived.
I like sweet, malty beers and this fitted just right into my type of brew.
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this impressive bitter at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2011. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear copper red in colour with no head. Superb malty aroma laden with hedgerow fruits and earthy notes. Robust mouthfeel and no lacing. Powerful pale malt component gives a moist maltloaf base full of plump raisin fruit and yellow plums. Golden syrup and barley sugar add to the mature malt flavours. There is a slight nod to hop resins in the brief aftertaste but this is very hard to detect as the malt really dominates. Finish is fiery malt and very robust with strong fruit notes of rum and raisins coming through. An excellent session bitter that punches far above its weight. Reminded me of Ballards Wassail. Highly recommended.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 bottle at home ... Golden brown ruby ... treacle syrup ... syrupy malts more common in higherabv ... tiny sour tinge but not unplesent and may be meant.
Cask at aberdeen Beer festival ... no sourness 3.5 but a bit plain
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear dark amber, rich fine head. Chocolatey nose. Sweet and soft. Caramelly and lightly fruity with plenty of coca powder. Mild and pleasing. Low bitterness.
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice bitter. Had in a bottle, dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are malty with chocolate quite prominent. Definite 14/20, superb beer.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned at Reading BF 2006. Smooth and malty bitter with caramel and a bit of butterscotch.