bartlebier (2982) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle samples offered at Freiburg Sister city market (Guildford), 06/2015, notes. - Lemon drops and diluted caramels in aroma. Mouthfeel and body slightly dusty and watery, managing to carry a fair bit of herbal-melissa Fuggles to give the lemon cake dunked in weak green tea some presence. Something resembling childish Citra aromas hovering about. Maybe pedestrian in its UK context, but I’ll take any Fuggles&Golding cocktail under 5% I can get in summer weather.
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle at home, 4%, BB July 2016 as ’Hogs Back Gardeners Tipple’. Amber orange, clear, lightly sparkling, tan head dies down pretty quickly. Aroma is toffee malt, tea cake, currants. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is bready, resin, light ash, dry finish. The flavour is decent. I like the ashy hops. Overall, better than expected.
alex_leit (1167) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Copper-colored. Aroma: diacetyl, caramel, fruits. Taste: caramel, a little nuts and fruits, drinkable.
Vighals (2417) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gylden brun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lett malt og karamellukt. Lett bitter smak med noe karamellsødme. Kort, noe metallisk avsluttning.
AtronSeige (1086) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 12, 2015
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Medium, earthy, malty, toffee. Medium-light berries
Appearance: Brilliant copper body. Small, off-white head. Fair retention. Lacing
Flavour: Medium-light bitterness. Medium-light hops, earthy, Light malty, toffee. Dry finish with lingering light hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Light astringency.
Overall: Good aroma, fair taste, but the astringency is an issue. Lacking in bitterness.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
BeerViking (3594) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Lidl, deep brown pour, gassy but with little head retention, toffee and toast on the nose carry through onto the palate. Earthy hops, dusty dry malt and a very light earthy metallic sour tang.
SaintMatty (6301) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle - Light copper in colour. Earthy hops, grain and a hint of chocolate in the aroma. Biscuity and slightly tangy taste with orange, caramel, earthy hops and dried apricot.
Juha (71) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coppery amber, aroma is some caramel but mostly dusty English hops, taste is crisp, dry, malty with good body for 4% beer, that dustiness from the hops lingers in the mouth.
£1.49 at Lidl Dorking, wahey!
canddw (75) - - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Pours dark amber with wispy head. Full earthy nose with burnt caramel, boiled veg. Full taste is earthy, grass, blackcurrent, a little marmite, metallic hint, short lightly bitter, biscuity finish. Oily but slightly watery palate. Dry. Lots going on, rather nice.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
esp0r (2541) - NORWAY - JUN 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Ultra Bryn enjoyed at home
Dark copper/brown, creamy beige head. Smell of caramel, bready malts, pale malts, toffee and dusty hops. Light to moderate sweet, quite watery at first, then some malt flavors, bread and toffee. Moderate bitter finish, earthy hops. Maybe a bit boring? Still, flawless