EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark ruby coloured beer. Hint of fruit in the nose but mostly caramel/malt. Tastes predominately of roast malts with that sickly caramel overtone typical of a Scottish beer. Lack of hoppiness a huge disappointment for the style. Ultimately a bland, unsatisfying experience.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow during recent international beer fest. Very dark brown with thick off-white head in the peak of condition. Lots of interesting malt flavours, roasted, coffee, chocolate, also extremely smooth and very sessionable. Excellent.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Ship, Croydon. Pours a dark brown beer with a foamy head. Aroma of cream and malts. Taste is smooth, some hops and matured oak. Quite nice.
DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Knickersby ’Spoons. Shaving foam collar on deep ruby beer. Drab varnishy malt, walnut husk and vinous splashes. Still and insipidly bitter. Didn’t get any hops or fruit, just stale wood. One to revisit in fresher condition,with a cleaner palate 5/3/4/2/10.. (Re-rate, The Lime Kilns). Huge silky coffee-heavy English bitter punching with roast, chocolate, oily background hop, raisiny dark fruit, sprinkle of aniseed, elusive spice, maybe cumin. Yellowy lace with every sip. Thick and creamy,packed with malt and hop flavour. One of the finest dark ’premium’ bitters I’ve had in a long long time. MARSTONS LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Wetherspoons in Wimbledon, 2nd April 2008. Looks fantastic - a rich brown with a persistent white head. Aroma and flavour are similar to each other - rich malt and milky coffee, with hints of worn leather and late hoppiness. Very, very soft on the tongue and overall a great ale. Not quite world class, but very drinkable.
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask/GBBF. Dark brown with a lasting, creamy off-white head. Caramel, toffee aroma, with some butter, some grass and birchwood. Sweet and toffee filled flavour, and a rich cappucino finish.
ritchie666 (23) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, hand pulled @ The Alum House, South Shields
Red brown beer with a thick off white head,
lots of sweet malt in the nose with a hint of butter. Nice thick body with a sweet roasted malt taste with a undercurrent of berries.
A great warming beer.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby-red with a good head. Toffee and coffee in the scent. Good thick creamy body. Caramel and sugars in the mouth. Very good.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark copper and clear pour complemented by a fluffy, thick beige head from the sparkler. Aromatic, very toasty, caramelly and toffee-like ale with a buttered and candied sweet malty foundation. A bit sticky and lacking the toasty firmness to be very balanced in mouth, but the hops do just as well with their earthy and floral hints. Pretty good.
leaparsons (7930) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, The Highcross, Leicester. Deep red brown with a dense cream head. Aromas are malty with fudge. Earthy with soft spices. Flavours are toffee malts with weetabix. Fruity with some chocolate. Spicy hops with an earthy bitter finish.