tdtm82 (1010) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Wetherspoons, Chelmsford, 26th May 2015.
Golden appeaeance. Bright. Good lacing. Moderate leafy hop aroma. Taste is moderate bitterness, marmalade jam, fruity esters, clove. Pretty clean malt profile. Just not that exciting
Towey1989 (399) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Mulberry Leaves, Leek (Marstons) A clear pale amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet grain, some caramel and floral, grassy hops. Taste of caramel, fruity malt, grain, floral hops and subtle lemon. Light bodied and a smooth texture. A dry, floral, herbal bitterness in the finish. Better than bottle, but only just. Nice and smooth, also sessionable for its strength. Above average though
BeerViking (2992) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Kings Tun, deep amber-brown with a medium foam and a malty, lightly tart-fruity nose. Body is dry-sweet, bitter and warming, yet somehow also a bit thin and woody. Wishing I’d only ordered a half - the bottled version is rather better.
ManVsBeer (5476) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ Beckett’s Bank, Leeds. Clear golden with a thick creamy head. Quite smooth tasting without much flavour to it - has more of a washy bitterness with malts in its nose. Fairly strong tasting, most notable in its aftertaste.
SarkyNorthener (2803) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@the billiard hall, west brom. Hazy amber beer with small head and patchy lacing. Aroma is malty. Taste is malts, some fruity stewed hops and a little caramel. Ok beer.
Vladivostok (311) - 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 I’ve 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 doesn’t. As another reviewer has mentioned, Marston’s beers are slowly going down the tubes. Perhaps the brewers aren’t 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 Marston’s would have made this into a world beater but now, not a hope in hell. Sad. Sad.
zimbo (740) - 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 (2560) - 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 (5613) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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 (1253) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, 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. It’s like drinking beer with a bad cold: you get the essence of beer but not the minutae. Shame that Marston’s beers have become so pedestrian. What is to blame? The ’fast cask’ 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?