BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand pumped at 2004 GBBF. Winner Best Bitter category at CAMRA 2004 awards. Pumped a clear chestnut with creamy white head & good lacing. Citrus aroma under-pinned with fruity esters. The flavour is a juicy maltiness middle with spicy hop notes. Quite rounded on the palate with a long bitter finish. A lovely refreshing ale & a close contender for the Champion Beer.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper coloured. Very dry and hoppy. Rather austere. Some (but not me) might find it a little sharp. A lot of bitterness and no more than a hint of malt on the palate. Just as I like it. Finishes clean and dry. A very well made best bitter. Handpump, The Speaker, London SW1, July 2003
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned - Racehorse Northampton. A hazy golden coloured beer with a good hoppy aroma. The taste is sharp and lemony. Good tasty, hoppy beer.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at the Cellar, St. Andrews. Aroma of coriander and spicy hops, deep juicy bitterness and nice orange colour. Light metallic notes.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint pulled at The Railway in Putney (London), a clear golden with a white head. A hoppy aroma - of berries and grass. A flowery flavour with a hint of fruit tanginess. Very smooth and a good bitter finish.
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at JDW. Pours a nice copper colour with some yellow head. Nice fruity smell and a very fruity and hoppy flavour. Definite taste of cooking apples, I thought. Very drinkable.
mountainforest (131) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fun to try it at the Standing Order (Edinburgh) during their Ale Festival - cheap. What a deal. A bitter, but not too bitter at all. Easy to drink. Can see how it won an award.
Nuffield (4084) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow with a spicy aroma and sharp flavor--to my tongue, elements of coriander and fennel. Hoppy bitterness and a bit of a challenging beer at times. Good beer, overall. (cask at Bookbinders Arms, Jericho, Oxford)
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned. Up-front citric hop aroma. Minimal malt body. Citrus fruits and pear at times in the taste. Long bitter finish. Good bitter for those that like hops.
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Nov, 2003:Dog & Bone, Gillingham. Nice hoppy bitter. Decent enough, but nothing special. [2.8]
Oct, 2004:JDW, Rochester. Pale malt not fully developed which then intrudes on what should be flowery hops. Some citric notes come through - but harsh in this environment. [2.4]
Feb, 2005:JDW, Rochester. Golden Ale. Fresh fragrant rush. Wonderful. Honey sweet and citric sharp. A beauty. [3.9]
April, 2008 JDW, Rochester Itís been a while since i had this, and I notice that Iíve mainly had it in my local Spoon. I had it today as part of my Grand National breakfast during the JDW festival. I found it a clean, fruity sweet ale with a brown sugar touch and a little citric fresh swallow. Very nice. [3.5]