TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My ratings do not match others and wonder whether the cask was not up to scratch. Pint pulled at The White Horse in Parsons Green (London), brown in colour that took a long time to settle, with a bubbly head. A very rich aroma with fruits (cherries). Cherries again in the flavour, but a little tart and very strong. Would like to try again elsewhere to re-rate.
fiulijn (18594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Royal Oak, London
Cloudy dark amber color. Peculiar aroma, a bit sour and fruity. Sweet, full bodied, mellow, raisins, fruits, like a Christmas Pudding, spices. Excellent.
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Royal Oak, Borough, London. Dark copper-coloured, small off-white head. Acidic aromas, fruity. Sweet and sour flavours, very fruity, some caramel, port-like qualities, dry finish. Full body.
SilkTork (5528) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Garland, Redhill. Beautiful! Soft radiant fruit - intensely, yet curiously gently sweet. Just enough hops to balance and hold down the malt, giving a barely noticeable, but initially important, bitter finish. Vague hint of vinegar on the nose which could be because the pub have kept this on for too long?