hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour. Tobacco nose. Bitter hoppy flavour. Thick sparkling head. Acidic citrus taste. A little sweetness. Segments of dark chocolate. Bitter palate. Medium bodied.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Compare to Old Speckled Hen but with less yeast and a touch more hops. Compare to Wexford but with less maltiness and a touch more hops. Compare to Tetly’s and Boddington’s but with more flavor period. Awesome pub beer with a great mouth feel. Get on tap or in a nitrogen can.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nitro can. orange/ copper with a creamy white head. classic English bitter aroma...sweet grainy malt, a little thin on the palate, lightly hopped. not bad, not great either.
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
needs Costello. Hop bubbles, too simplic, bitter and in fact weak taste. Maybe this works fresh and cask-conditioned, but was difficult to finish. Hard to get in Canada, Joey was my guide at Chesters.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, Sainsburys. Horrible boiled bitter, the cask version is far superior. This is horrible.
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 June, 2002 A long standing favourite in the pub, this is the first time I’ve had it in the bottle where it appears a little smoother and sweeter. This has been around since the 1950s and is now established as a good traditional English ale. Masses of dark fruit on the nose, and a good malty taste with a firm mouthfeel, if a little too sweet; the finish can either be a nice, lingering hoppy bitterness, or a bit short and sharp, depending on how it hits the back of the throat. [3.2]
March, 2011 A robust and chewy beer which survives the British bottling process quite well. Perfumed pale malts with pleasant sweet toffee flavours cut into by dark tangy tobacco notes from the bittering hops. The interplay of sweetness and bitterness is quite compelling, and the traditional Britishness of it is very charming. A good beer - with more character than Bishops Finger. [3.4]
June 2012 Good chewy pale malt - lots of smooth toffee character balanced and sharpened by spikes of bitter hops. Can end a bit wet, but overall a bit nice. [3.4]
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 From A Bottle.Light brown in colour,aroma is of malt and light fruit,taste is gassy sharp and bitter.
imdownthepub (13233) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Orange amber with fizzed head. Fruity gape aroma, sharp hop but tinny body with a smooth malt background. Some veg with a sweetness throughout. Long lasting bitterness on the finish.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from widget can is attractive cascade from beige foam into light coppery body. Smells of cask, hint of grapes. Tastes same, with astringent dry finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy-and the lip feel from the velvety foam mustache is hollerin’. I likey.
drpimento (3126) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
interesting nose, apricots, peaches, bananas with some malt and english hop, nice brownish amber color, brief dryness followed by a cloying sweetness, bittersweet aftertaste. Light persistant head with no lace. I like it. Got this bottle in a beer of the month club, but they have it in pub draught cans and once in a while on draft next door at Bodega downtown La Crosse.