DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 10/11/2004
Amber coloured fruity and hoppy. Slightly dry lasting full malt finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nor sure whether this is a one-off for Christmas 2004/New Year 2005 or will appear on an annual basis. It’s an attractive gingery copper colour. The aroma has toffee and caramel, with a hint of butterscotch and some slightly underdeveloped malt. There’s a reasonable balance of malt and hops on the palate, but no great depth of flavour. A faint citric edge comes through towards the end but the finish is mainly soft and mellow. Marginally thin mouthfeel. Pleasant and easy drinking, but nothing special. Bright bottled from cask (gravity) at Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival 2005.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught form the cask in The Alex, Derby.
Md Brown Colour
Biscuity flavour but a bit bland despite strength & colour