Dashimus (227) - London, Greater London, - FEB 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber/copper. Small white head which is short lived. Aroma is nuts, malt, caramel, hint of yeast and bitter oranges. Flavour is sweet with a dry bitter finish. Very thin body.
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at Victoria station spoons. Pours clear amber, nose is cereal, grainy, vegetive, taste is sweet, toffee, floral.
Halfling_4132 (74) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: copper/Amber in colour, clear with thin white foam, Aromas: malt, sugary treacle with a hint of citrus at the end, Palate: Light bodied but feels heavy on the tongue that leaves a coating, Taste: quite simple of Malt, almost a hint of very bitter dark chocolate but also a little metallic. Overall: a good standard bitter but not one of my preferred offerings from the Hogs Back Brewery.
lokis333 (351) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - FEB 8, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber, malple syroup color with small off white foam. Aromas, of malt mainly , bit caramely too with sugary notes, in a way smells like typical bitter, not bad but nothign outstanding. Palate, light body sweetish sticky and somewhat medium texture that sits on the tongue, leaving nice caramel malt aftertaste. Taste, light bitternes with sweet hints, quite maly and sugar bittery, with hints of grass that is very refreshing and very easy going. Overall, as a bitter it is nice (not massive fan of bitters) easy, refreshing and quite traditional for the style I would say, if you like bitters give it a try.
bartlebier (3303) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle samples offered at Freiburg Sister city market (Guildford), 06/2015, notes. - More faint than subtle, yet still tasty interpretation of the UK classic MarisOtter/Crystal + Goldings/Fuggles = caramel orange, with some pecoe tea and lime leaves thrown in for more robust, quenching bitterness. Chalky elements and something else flabby that distracted me back then seeking relief in warm June weather, but I’ll gladly have this again to get a pure & balanced UK hop dose unobstructed by US "hop forwardness".
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pour is medium amber with a thin head. Notes of light caramel, earth, light honey, and dry bitter in the finish.
brewtalita (222) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, crystal filtered, very stable low head. Aroma toffee and fresh bread, hints of fruits here and there.Palate and carbonation medium, just right. Taste lively fruity : ripe apples and lime. Malts only present in finish with some roastiness which melds well with dry, bitter hoppy finish. Quite palatable. Lacks body fulness and a good bit of complexity though :-)
bruce0101 (3) - Basingstoke, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Favourite beer of mine, brilliant balance between malt and hops. I would happily drink all day/night
alex_leit (1946) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber color with weak foam. Aroma: diacetyl, butter, earthy hops and malt. Taste: butter, fruity, caramel, a bit watery, drinkable.
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel colour, thin white head. Aroma of straw, malts and hops. Light bitter flavour, straw and malts. Finish tea, strangely enough. Is it the power of suggestion because of the name?
(from draught @ GBBF ’14, London)
Holmen2 (2733) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 01.11.15. Pale copper. Beige head. Aroma of medium dark malt and berries. Similar taste, well balanced with bitterness. Good drinkability.