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Greene King Fireside (Cask)

Brewed by Greene King
Style: Bitter
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
A fantastic winter warmer, this mature dark and malty ale is late hopped for a mellow fruity linger. Available in cask throughout November.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cimbasso (253) - - NOV 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Sampled on draught at the Red Lion and Sun, Highgate. Nice reddy brown colour, not much head but plenty of lacing. Not much aroma, but the taste is quite fruity with a soft toffee flavour and a hint of hazelnut. Leafy hops giving a sweetish finish without much bitterness. Moderately drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Cask @ Firehouse, Sowerby Bridge. Clear dark amber-redwith a thin head. Has a thinnish tasting winter berry fruitiness with a bushy-floral character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
On cask at Sutton Coldfield Football Club - A nice surprise this one, autumn reddy-brown coloured body, thick lacing white head. Not too much in the way of nose, the expected fruitiness and caramel notes seemed to be a bit muted to be honest. Taste is more in the way of what I hoped, rich and malty, like a nice piece of Soreen in a glass. Mouthfeel was sublime, which was a great bonus to send it down a treat. Pity we lost the game.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1621) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Cask at the Squirrel, High Wycombe. Amber-red with a moderate creamy head. Fruity up front- oranges and sweet stewed plums. Some leafy hops give balance at first but are eventually overtaken by the usual GK toffee. Quite a flavoursome beer, but rather sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Cask @ The Stapleton Tavern, Stroud Green. Pours an autumn leaf colour, rich with sweetish malts. Very flavoursome and moreish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (926) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
Cask @ Ship, Bedford (GK). Mid-brown. A lot of light gets through. Although this is the first pint off a new barrel, there’s just the right amount of head/carbonation. Honestly can’t smell much, a bit malty/fruity, nothing offensive. Taste is quite lovely really - very sweet without being cloying - although there isn’t a lot of complexity. Finish is more astringent. It’s a bit controversial to say it but most Greene King beers, including this one, are not bad at all. Nothing to get excited about either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
18th December 2012
Cask at the Goodmans Fields Spoons. Clear brown - amber beer. Small off white head. Smooth palate. Sweetish malts and sweet orange marmalade. Overall quite a sweet beer. Drinkable but I could not be bothered with another and switched to lager!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9948) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Cask at the Quinns Head (Harlequinns RFU), Twickenham- 16/11/12. Dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head that quickly clears to the edge. Nose is dark malts, dark fruits, toffee, nutty tones, light hops in the background. Tastes of dark malts, caramel, treacle toffee, nuts, figs, marshmelow, butterscotch angel delight. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth on the palate, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2012
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of malt in the very short nose. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts gives a weak fruitloaf base with pomegranate just about evident. Slight prickle of spicy hop resins giving a note of black pepper in the aftertaste. Finish is just about malty with a hint of blood orange zest in the mouth but short on depth and complexity. An Autumnal Ale - but far too weak to be called a Winter Warmer though. A rather bland effort from Greene King, gives us something exciting to write about - like Suffolk Springer!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Cask @ some random pub off Charlotte Street. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is sweet nuts, some red berry and shoe polish. Hints of wood. The taste is mild leather, more red fruits and strawberry. Big, fat malty body. More nuts and shoe polish. Light body, very soft carbonation. Not a great deal of vitality in this pint. Overall, not too bad.
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2011 Total Score: 2.3
Cask. Light amber color, hardly any head. The nose is very sweet and floral - apples and other orchard fruits, honey. The taste is quite sweet and somewhat vinegary (perhaps the cask is past peak?). The finish is watery. The palate is medium light and a bit soft. Overall, pretty disappointing - perhaps a re-rate is needed? Also, this doesn’t have the profile of a winter beer, so why’s it marketed as one?

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