fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Nerax:
Poured from the cask with a strong nose of flowers upfront. Sweet fruit candy comes to mind, and butterscotch followed. The taste starts with a zip of bitter hop grapefruit, following by a caramel blast of sweetness, balanced with a sweet tart tangy hop presence.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Manchester, CT pub. Known as "The Bitter Challenge". 6.0% ABV with a description as "This ESB is a golden/copper colored ale with a medium body with a smooth, spicy hop flavor balanced by a bit of malt sweetness"
*****Crystal malts in the nose with a bit of caramel aroma and some toffee. A bit of grainy hoppiness is present. Transparent amber color with a yellowish head. Start is quite carbonated and rather bitter with grapefruit tones. Mild caramel notes in the middle before finishing with more harsh grapefruit bitterness. Not so smooth.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Springfield. Called Best Bitter on the chalk board. Quite cloudy amber/orange w huge white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, very yeasty, and a sour citrus note in with some dry light malt. Flavor is Belgian yeast, sour, slightly clovey, moderate hops, light dry malt, rather bitter w a nice bitter finish. This was very much like a somewhat funky saison. According to the board it was tapped 2 months ago. Did I get the right beer? Had this not been my last for the session, I would have had more.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask version, Deep golden in color with a large white head.Slightly hazey with a fruit and hop aroma,very traditional.hoppy from start to finish, a fantastic session beer.
MaBeer1972 (1309) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On-cask at Cambridge location. Served almost piss-warm. A Wonderful, frothy brew! Nice bittering tones, but not sticky on the finish. Too bad I had to rush out to catch the train, but I'll have to get there again soon.