BlackHaddock (3892) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity pour, half-pint at the 2014 Bridgnorth Beer Festival. Clear amber in colour, weak white topping. Semi-sweet and fruity in both the nose and taste, very drinkable. Nice blend of flavours and well balanced brew, an old style bitter that is worth finding.
dynamiteninja (1539) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium white head. Gold to amber body. Red fruit, candied fruit, Bitter. Dry finish, Fizzy.
jmgreenuk (4600) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Connolly’s Wines, Solihull. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin white head and broken long lived lace. The flavour is medium to weak bitter. Medium to light bodied with a smooth malty hop palate. Decent session ale.
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK,
Thick creamy white head. Slightly hazy golden blond pour. Subtle bitterness
minutemat (1741) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 500ml bottle at home. Pours promising enough with a nice auburn colour, and great head. But hops seem a bit thin on the ground.. tried grasping for malts but they seemed to dissipate like a beer mirage. If only I could get some of the tasty sounding stuff everyone else described below.
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, malty aroma, the taste is lightly bitter with a dry finish.
Pudding (182) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle bb sep13. ar: bread and fruity hop. ap: gold, clear, rapidly diminishing head. ta: quite sweet, average bitterness. pa: light-med body, thin-oily texture lively carbonation. Lingering finish. ov: okay.
foxo82 (704) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle for Christmas. Cloudy light brown, patchy head. Hoppy, fruitcake aroma, not strong. Nice strong bittersweet taste, some ginger, some sultanas, some grapefruit. Nicely balanced. Very good.
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another of Octo’s ’sharing’ bottles. Had a couple of sips, rolled over and went back to sleep. Gleaming bronze beneath a piled, subsiding foam. Good malty, stewed aroma with tea leaf, shortbread, mown grass, celery and orange wine gum impressions. Excellent creamy malt on the palate lingering like cashew; sensible juicy orange hop, more tea, toast, pear and caramel-on-slate smoothness. Good stuff- crystal malt used sparingly, where it belongs.
jfb (3968) - Freising, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) pours a clear amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of straciatella and tobacco, grassy hops, milk chocolate and bread dough. flavour is mostly the same, lots of tobacco and bread dough, with a light caramel finish. light-bodied with soft carbonation.