johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bronze with a medium head. Some maltiness with a gentle bitterness. Well bottled and a very good session bitter. Title is a nice play on words.
mr_h (4205) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by handpump at Munro’s, Glasgow - clear dark amber, thin off-white head, malty, fruity aroma, sparse lacing, flavour as aroma, very slight hint of smokiness, smooth
downender (7394) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 8/7/2013. Copper coloured with a slight, off-white head. A malty brew, with some caramel and berry fruits, hint of citrus and decent, bitter finish. Good.
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from S H Jones, Bicester. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep copper, faintly red with a high, firm tan head and no sediment. The aroma is pleasantly complex with raisin fruitiness, rich malt and a slightly vinous quality. Sharp almost (but not quite) creamy bitterness fills the mouth with a roasty sweetly milk chocolate maltiness and a dry fig flavour. A dry sweet treacle and plum compote aftertaste lingers for a while and slowly fades into a sugary malt. This is another wonderfully clean tasting beer from Hoggleys, but also complex and well balanced if erring a touch on the sweet side. Worth seeking out.
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 500ml bottle, the beer is bottle conditioned, so it was poured carefully into my ’Old Speckled Hen’ vase shaped pint glass. No sediment appeared to get into the glass.
The beer was best before Oct 2010 and was reviewed and drunk early September 2010.
An almost bright mid-amber coloured body, clear, and clean, on top a thin layer of bubbles, can’t call it a head, that soon dispersed into a collar and wispy hint of a covering.
Malty aroma, semi-sweet molasses and some lightly toasted bread mixed with a hint of biscuits.
The taste is malts at first, then the hops kick in and you can taste the blend nicely. Well balanced and easy to drink.
The 4.5%ABV sits well within the beer and although it can be found, it isn’t overly obvious in the mouthfeel. The rear label claims it is ’A Strong Bitter with a strong heart’ and I wouldn’t argue with that.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a red - orange colour with a fair beige head. Aroma of hay, barley and alcohol. Flavours similar with mild carbonation. Fairly dull.
cgarvieuk (19025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at cloisters ... copper ... sweet toffee malts ... dark berry nose ... dark fruits ... hint of smoke ... decent enough
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle - at ChrisO’s - thanks!
6 Slightly acetic at first, but softens to a general graininess
4 Rich orange, small head
7 Full malty taste, a touch sweet, hops low
4 refreshing palate, crisp carbonation. Finish lightly bitter
13 Full body, very good for a bottled beer. Like it.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BC. Unclear, coppery brown with a white halo. Aroma of milk chocolate Hobnobs, berries. Damp and apple peel-accented with chocolate, oak and hazelnut notes. Unexciting.
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.