BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An old favourite of mine from a now closed brewery: this beer keeps getting resurrected for Wetherspoon Beer Festivals by Marstons (they being the buyers out of Mansfield brewery some years ago).
Hand-pulled pint on 27th Oct 2012 in the Telford Town centre Wetherspoons: Lovely rich brown body with a creamy coloured head.
Sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste: caramel with hints of toast and toffee.
Although fairly malty and sweetish it does have a hop semi-bitter undertone and is balanced in overal flavouring between the malts and hops.
They claim the recipe is the original: I doubt they’ve bought the same high quality ingrediants that were used back in 2000 and before, because this is a shaddow of the beer I remember, even though I enjoyed this new version.
downender (5187) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Deep gold with a slight, off-white head. My notes for this, or rather note, merely says "empty". From memory, it was thin, malty and inoffensive.
wimpyjoe (1672) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maltiness throughout in aroma and taste with a biscuit nose and flavour. Golden with the thinnest of heads.
mr_h (1447) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by handpump at Crystal Palace, Glasgow (24 Oct 12) - clear amber brown, thin white head, no bubbles, nutty malt aroma, caramel, bit of toffee, subtle hop
Rune (6125) - Tromsř, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Penderels Oak, High Holborn. Festival ale poured into a 1/3 pint glass. Bright naked surface to a clear, ruby-brown coloured body. Smell of dark fruits. Caramel malts alongside hints of dark fruits. Backdrop of bitterness. Likable (JDW real ale festival, London 01.11.2012).
Cunningham (2972) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper colour with a fine white creamy head that leaves a fine lacing. Caramel malt and light hoppy aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Low carbonation. Mild caramel malt flavour and a fine hoppy ending.
[On handpull at The West Kirk JDW in Ayr, Scotland]
berkshirejohn (3643) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the John Russell Fox (JDW), Andover. Golden amber with a tight cream head; floury aroma; crisp and sweet with caramel malts and a touch of citrus; the finish is light and biscuity, leaving a Werthers toffee aftertaste.
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber with slight head. I remember when this was a decent pint, I have to say, now it is a sad remnant of what has gone. Thin, dry, bitter and musty. Not great.
RichTheVillan (836) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Charlie Hall (JDW) part of Autumn 2012 Beer Festival; My mother always taught me if you can’t say anything nice about something then don’t say it at all!
sic1314 (959) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured medium brown with a modest white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Medium body, flavour of dark fruit and toffe, but quite muted across the board. Average.