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 (5538) - 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 (1326) - 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 (13070) - 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 (3079) - 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.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Widgeted can. Aroma is bananas and spices. Silky texture, as expected from a widgeted brew. Flavor is malty, with some fruity undertones, and a bit of Belgian spiciness. A bit of hops in the finish. It’s OK, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again (although I would like to try the cask version).
Geiserich (4103) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Hemp aroma, herbal, light sweetness. Dark golden to orange color. Light herbal flavor, hemp taste, hoppy. Dry light astringent finish. Fruity. Light coffe note. Very pleasant.
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Rich malty aroma. Caramel and brown sugar, Twizzlers and neutral fruits. A bit of oak. Dark chestnut clear, with thin off-white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts with some smokiness, roasted grains, with light caramel and mild acidity. Burnt sugar and mild hop bitterness toward the finish, with smoky nutty after. Decent ale.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very strong caramel aroma with some light floral tones. Clear copper coloured body is topped with fizzy white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong caramel malt flavour with some butterscotch and a light floral hop flavour and gentle bitterness. Mild effervescent carbonation and medium body. Butterscotch diacetyl becomes cloying after a while. Bottle.