wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Gravity cask at Monks Retreat, Reading] Deep chestnut with a foamy beige head. Initially quite bitter - I thought I wasnt going to like it. However, flavours soon start to pour through - lots of malt, raisins, balsamic vinegar, a warm barn full of straw and animals, old wood and breadsticks. The more I drank this, the more I liked it. Quite interesting and complex for the ABV, and yet inherently quaffable. Yet another great beer from Scotland.
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. Dark brown with an off-white head. Flavour full of toasted, smokey malts with a fruity bitterness.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW Northampton A dark ruby coloured beer with a thick off-white coloured head. The aroma is fairly thinnish but there are berry fruits in there. The taste is pretty complex with berries, other fruits and Christmas spices. A bit toasty, and warming. Very nice
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes in Wetherspoons BF ’08. Dark brown with a small beige head. A very faint elastoplast aroma. Strong malty taste with a delightful vegetal backtaste. Mid bitter finish. Liked this.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>A Mes rate: cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.</i>
Very dark, semi translucent brown with a decent beige head. Lovely roasted malt aroma with an almost smoky hint and some excellent resinous grassy hops giving it really good balance. Slight liquorice and fruit too. A good smelling beer. It tastes pretty good too. Seems a little bland at first but it bursts into life at the finish. Rich nutty malt hits first, followed by an assertive bitterness from the well performing hops. Eventually it settles on fruit and toast. A really good, dry mouthfeel that keeps you gulping. Was hoping this would be decent. It’s a bit more than that. Good stuff.
yespr (33244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From cask at Clockwork Orange. Pours dark brown with a small redish golden glare and a small off-white head. Dark roasted malty aroma. Smooth chocolate flavour with a nice roasted malty base flavour. Smooth. Slight bitter to acidic roasted finish with a mild chocolate note coming through. Smooth lasting impression.