kaiho (71) - - SEP 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear light amber with noticeable carbonation. Little discernible hop aroma, more of hedgerow and slight sweetness. Taste typical of British bitters with added strange back-of-the-tongue sweetness that borders on the medicinal. Not unpleasant but in larger amounts (toward the end of the pint) started to get overpowering. Not my fave from Hog’s Back.
bbertels (331) - NORWAY - JUN 10, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A nice, golden colour - moderate head, fizzy carbonation. Short taste, a bit watery, classic easy to drink lager. Ok, not more.
nybol (1364) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Middel humle, fyldig i en vinøs smag, en god og lang eftersmag. en god smag.
wheresthepath (2097) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, gift from the Outlaws- cheers! Amber-brown with a middling off-white head. Moderate fizz. Chocolate, toffee and fruit are hidden behind a lot of cardboard. There’s a decent bitter fighting to get out here, but unfortunately the cardboard wins the battle. Shame.
bartlebier (3346) - 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 (5920) - 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 (1988) - 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 (3036) - 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 (1221) - 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 (4100) - 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 (6728) - 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.