danlo (691) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Hole in the Wall, Darlington. Clear copper-ruby amber colour, creamy beige head and aroma of malt & toffee. Taste is sweetish malt caramel, toffee & abit floral fruity with an earthy light bitterness through to a dry bitter finish. Watery but smooth mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. OK bitter.
jamesie1857 (1103) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crown and Glove, Stannington - Great appearance, deep amber with a creamy head. Nutty flavour and much more flavoursome than that other stuff John Smiths churn out. A bit sweet at the start, bitter at the end. One from the archives really, and I thought they’d stopped doing this, an old one from the Sheffield WMCs that used to be a staple. Not as good as 1980, but like Wards, not a bad try.
ralphdot (967) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
4.2% dark amber with a good head, not much but a slight malt aroma, fruity bitter taste, least expensive and best of the John Smith’s range (according to this upside down world, it is not even brewed by John Smith’s but my home town brewery, Camerons, no wonder I like it).
dynamiteninja (1293) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg. Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington. Thin whiteish head, chestnut brown body. Aroma is licorice and toffee, gentle hop, watery malt, gentle fruits, biscuit, caramel. Moderate bitterness balanced with some sweetness. Bitter finish. A good pint, but not a patch on when it used to come in cask.