roballenby (12) - - FEB 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pint on cask at marble arch, Manchester. Pours to a very golden creamy colour and settles to a light golden session ale. Taste starts off smooth but aftertaste leaves slightly bitter finish
Firefly54 (242) - - MAR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful yet subtle pine hop aroma, a little woody. Taste is really well balanced. Soft tropical fruits from the hops and a lovely caramel malt finish. Some biscuit and cereal. Awesome mouthfeel. So drinkable. I’m off behind the bar for another.
markdredge (50) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As cask beers go, this is one of the best pints I’ve had in a long time. Marble are a great brewery and they deserve being shouted about. As a ’best bitter’ this kicks ass with fruity hops and awesome drinkability. More British cask beer should taste like this.
Nickls (2030) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Old BA rate - cask)
Yellowy gold, and hinging on amber as well. Thin, white head poured at the perfect height. Fantastic lacing all throughout the sample. roma is light, citrusy and bitter hop aroma that was followed by biscuity maltiness. Brilliant hop bitterness up front with a dry floral finish. A lot creamier than I expected for the style. Very full mouthfeel with a decent coating of the tongue. This would do me great all night long. Lighter body might have been nice, but I can’t complain with all of the great flavors going on. What a treat, and at such a reasonable abv. Overall, this is a great interpretation and update of a very traditional style. Well-done, and I can see why it was the most popular beer at the pub.
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funny. I did not know this was intended to recreate the Boddington’s. I had that on cask in Chinatown, Manchester just about 20 years ago, and it was an excellent beer.
This is a bitter in every sense of the word, I’d say it appeals to more experienced palates. An English session beer with an extra load of hops. This could be consumed in large quantities. A countryside pub garden with this on cask would be heavenly.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask in Blackfriars. Aroma is biscuity pale malts, small caramel note, grassy, earthy peppery english hop. Taste is soo well balanced, its like the classic bitter, its awsome so i got ruined on it while i was working.
tommann (3030) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium head. Aroma is pineapple and piney hops. Tropical fruits to start and a nice piney hoppy finish with medium bitterness. Drinks above it’s strength. Very impressed.
porkpie (7) - - SEP 27, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Floral citrus nose. Well balanced bitterness, big grapefruit flavours. Feels a little like a wheat beer in the mouth. Will be buying more.
johndoughty (4531) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. What a boring name for an excellent beer.Golden and hoppy with a small head and slightly dry finnish.Low carbonation and excellently bottled. I am not a great bitter fan but this is a top grade beer no matter how you look at it.
mr_h (3896) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, hand-pulled, State Bar, weak pale malt aroma, clear golden, bubbly white head, good lacing, earthy, malty, very easy to drink, well balanced, satisfying