BBHansen (661) - Køge, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ London. Appearance: pours dark brown with ok creamy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate and berry notes. palette medium malty aroma, low to average carbonation, medium body, medium sweetness, balanced by an average bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice roasted old ale.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Black Horse, Thetford. Pours dark brown. Some dark fruit, weird artificial bitterness, hop finish. OK.
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Market Tavern, Durham, £3.50/pint.
Near black pour with a smooth, off-white head. Caramel malts dominate the aroma and, to a lesser extent, flavour. There’s berry and cereal notes in the flavour too, and a taste that is surprisingly bitter for such a dark beer. Nothing massively wrong with it but not one I enjoyed.
s_hartshorne (2571) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask two halves west brom. Murky brown no head. Aroma was malty some spice caramel tasre same light bit. Pretty lifeless carbonation. Not great sort of home brew stuff
SarkyNorthener (3830) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@one and two half’s, Oldbury. Dark ruby beer with small head. Aroma of toffee. Taste is dark malts, toffee and a hint of licorice. Decent.
AWS9 (609) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Dark, plain reddish, purplish, dark brown pour. Simple malty nose. Grape, fruit, apricot - fruit and malt. Some deep malt, hazelnut character. Very smooth and drinkable finish. Nice one.
tommann (3208) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Sawyers Arms, Kensington. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is woody Ribena. Taste has dark berries to start and Ribena on the finish. Short in the finish.
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
.................. Lovely smooth veer. Sweet. ,................. ................
jjsint (2036) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ the Cricketers, Cambridge. Translucent purplish dark brown with a thin beige head. Caramel, liquorice, blackberry aroma. Taste is sweet: liquorice allsorts with a bit of plum pudding. A trifle saccharin. Short finish. Incredibly weak mouthfeel. Not my sort of thing.
Vladivostok (410) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Who on Earth decided this was a bitter? If anything it’s closer to a mild although an English Old/Stock ale would be closer to the truth. Very dark and sparingly hopped with a pleasant caramel aroma and buff coloured head. Flavour is pleasantly of caramel, although the beer hasn’t quite lost its Greene King stodginess. Finish is gentle rather than bitter and to be honest I actually enjoyed it.
Greene King’s ’specials’ seem to have improved of late, but whoever decides on their names should take a long hard look at themselves.