Vladivostok (265) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is actually one of the best looking beers Iíve ever seen, a shimmering pale amber vision of an English heaven... But appearances can be deceptive. Aroma has a little bit of hop but not a huge amount, the flavour is unpleasantly syrupy-oily and the finish just doesnít. As another reviewer has mentioned, Marstonís beers are slowly going down the tubes. Perhaps the brewers arenít as good as they once were, perhaps the accountants are spending too much time tut-tutting over the mash tun, perhaps a bit of both. Who knows. 20 years ago, the old Marstonís would have made this into a world beater but now, not a hope in hell. Sad. Sad.
zimbo (593) - SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden and tightly highly filtered, this had that creamy sparkler white head and a mild nose. In the mouth it was a bit cabbagy with an old world sort of off bitter taste. Some fizz. not great.
Beese (2035) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford. Poured a clear, dark golden colour, with a white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, grassy and floral hops. Tinned fruit flavours, some biting hop bitterness and pine needles. Finish became somewhat unbalanced and metallic, with some bread dough maltiness.
jmgreenuk (4772) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the White Swan, Solihull. Poured a clear light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt light hop. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth chewy malt hop liqourice bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Totally different to the bottled version. There is so much more body to the cask derivative. Nightly drinkable.
jjsint (870) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold, mostly clear with a little head. Aroma surprisingly faint, slight tropical fruit but little else. Taste is an uninspiring bitter. Itís like drinking beer with a bad cold: you get the essence of beer but not the minutae. Shame that Marstonís beers have become so pedestrian. What is to blame? The ífast caskí conditioning, my jaded palette, or just the inevitable outcome for a macro?†
Oh fallen queen of Burton on the Trent;
Your glory gone: I wonder where it went?
s_hartshorne (1614) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask inns of court wakefield. Good white head and lacing. Colour is golden amber. Aroma is light citrus malts. Taste is ctrus with ggod hops and malt balance. A nice beer.
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Cask): Dark golden colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and fruity hops. Similar notes in flavour. Overall very bland.
elbernays (593) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 18, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruby red. Watery sweetness with slight bitterness. This is not an ipa Iíd be used to. More normal epa or esb. It hasnít got the flavour nor look of an ipa. Boring and disappointing.
Jonb5 (386) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pale amber, clear, small head decent retention and lacing. S slight cranberry, molasses, malt thought of Heller bock T sweet, brown sugar, toffee, finish bitter with some burn. M smooth low carb, thick chewy. O hard to figure out, very sweet for IPA more like strong maerzen or light bock combination of sweetness and bitterness didnít balance themselves out.
Desverger (2266) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask@Charlies bar, Copenhagen - Dark golden pour colour with a good white head. Caramel malts, with boozy hoppy notes mixed in, some yeast, grass, woody nuances. Kind of a weird mouthfeel/texture to this, not a massive fan of this overall. Average.