AshtonMcCobb (2045) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Haymarket Bar. Pours amber with a decent head. The nose has a nice combination of dark malts and fresh hoppiness. The taste confirms this to be raisins with just a hint of chocolate then a nice floral finish. The palate is well balanced - medium bodied and textured with a nice clean finish. Overall, a good example of an English Best Bitter.
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky amber with a lacy dense white head, not much on aroma small amounts of dark malt, Taste is light roasted malt, with a bitter coffee edge (been pushed out to soon) it's young. Growing on me
tombyars (1304) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in February 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper in colour with a thin pale buff head. The aroma has a sulphurous earthy pungency about it which reminds me of Belhaven 80/ a bit! Excellent lacing throughout. Thin but creamy mouthfeel. Pale malt base gives a roasted rye bread base with a distinctive Rivetta crispbread note. Slight hint of burnt toffee in there but fleeting. Short note of earthy hop resins detected in the brief aftertaste. Finish is malty and slightly dry with a wood smoke flavour coming through. An ok session bitter.
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask,hand pulled at The Post Office Vaults,Birmingham 29th january
Poured a copper colour with a medium sized off white head.Malt and fruity hops in the aroma which also came through in the taste along with some caramel.Easy to drink session beer.
fairwater (124) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Monks Retreat. A good, solid, traditional, bitter. Crystal malts, lightly hopped with very English tasting hops. Reminded me how good "boring brown bitter" can be when it’s done well, and this one definitely is.
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Wheathseaf, Frimley Green - 05/01/13.
Dark golden with a thin off white head that retains well.
Nose is light hops, malt, summer fruits.
Taste is malt forward, orchard fruit, some hop presence, light grass.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter dry finish.
firedog23 (69) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice standard bitter that hits the mark. Some people are wanting more than it was intended but it is an easy session beer. If you want something bigger or different, this will not be the one.
berkshirejohn (4121) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Twickenham Beer Festival 2012. I picked this because it was the winner of the Best Bitter category at the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain this year, and picked up a silver medal overall, but I was bitterly disappointed.
It’s dark amber with a loose white head; the aroma is rather subdued with some floral notes; in th emouth it’s very light with a malty caramel flavour; the finish is slowly warming, developing some bitter, herbal, green, notes. But overall, it’s a dull and boring bitter.
gnoff (7328) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle thanks to Reza!( Not on Ratebeer).
BB End 06, 2013; sampled on September 21, 2012
Clear amber color, smallish yellow head. Sweet, fruity, some red berries scent. Malty, sweet, fruity, caframel taste. Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask pull at Craft Beer Co. Thanks for the tip on this one, Ian! Another fine, understated, superbly fresh brew. Fairly bright amber pour, well bedecked with foam. Soft notes of tea and caramel in the nose. Nice full mouthfeel, pleasantly bitter notes on the palate. Flavors give off some brighter fruit to complement what’s promised in the aroma. Enjoyable.