larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin, coarse, white head; clear red-brown body. No discernible aroma. Mild, malty taste, very clean; bitter, but not too much so. Aftertaste rather dry, with citrusy/piney notes of hop (EKG?). Some sweetness. Light, drinkable, and not too boring. (On tap at White Horse.)
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 I had this on tap in my wife’s hometown in the UK (definately not available in the Poconos!), and it is a nice bitter. It has a bit of an apple-like caramel undercurrent going on which is perfect for autumn. It has that malty overtone that I associate with Harvey’s. It does seem a bit mellow as far as the pallatte is concerned and that is the only strike I see against it.
Rerate 11-1-06: The palate seems dryer now and this cask conditioned version has some nice citurs noted hidden under an initial bitter hoppy spike.
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Cask, The Wharf, Aalborg) - Dark copper colour. Floral, fruity and slightly malty nose. Smooth mouthfeel, with a remarkably wellbalanced palate.- Dry maltyness, appetizing fresh hoppy flavours and easy drinkable. I have died and gone to Lewes........
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint pulled at The Cock Inn in Surrey, orange with a medium head. A very strong fruity aroma. Flavour fruity again, plums maybe. Nice mix of hop bitterness in the mouth. (Also tasted on the same day at The Holly Bush in Hampstead Heath, disappointingly not kept as well)
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper brown with a nice, thick, tan head. Aroma is lighlty grainy with some dry caramel and mild earthy hoppiness. Body has some light malty sweetness and a thinner bittersweet finish. Smooth and drinkable, a decent bitter.
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at Market Porter, London) Off-white head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, floral, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, floral, caramel, some lemon, light grassy, apple. Light body, quite drinkable.
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had this one In Lewes, the town where it is brewed, not a bad bitter at all, I enjoyed a half pint of this, thought I would try it out, dark appearance, smooth head
harrisoni (13564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Cask at The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent. This is such a distinctive beer. A flowery hop and yeast nose leads to quite a sour hoppy flavour and a good bitter hop aftertaste. At times I would go miles to have a pint of this, other times the sourness sometimes puts me off. Very good though 3.5/5
Re-rate, The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh 14/04/07 Almost the perfect bitter, lovely aroma, character and malt in the mouth and good biting hop finish. Great condition, great flavour.
The Harp, Chandos Place 2011, it’s like the beer on turbo, fantastic delineation of flavour.s
The Royal Oak 2013, THE perfect Best Bitter in my opinion.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the King and Queen in Brighton, England. The best of the bitters I had that night. Dark gold and reddish color. Not much nose, but fruity with a hoppy back. Smooth but lasting flavor.
MiP (13573) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Cask. Dark copper colour. Rocky white head. Nice refreshing, sourish aroma, fruity and grainy hoppiness. The bitterness has a certain sourness and fruitiness to it which is quite nice. Long, rough, fruity aftertaste. This beer is strangely appealing.