Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Small frothy off-white head that fell to thin layer after 5 minutes; hazy medium amber color. Aroma was of caramel malt with some fruitiness and a bit of diacetyl. Flavor started nicely with a very present off-dry caramel malt character. Woodiness emerged mid-palate layered with some fruitiness and a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl). Finished with a yeasty-breadiness that lasted into the aftertaste. An interesting, pleasant wine-like astringency was evident throughout. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a drying astringency. A most interesting special bitter. Along with the typical caramel malt aroma and flavor was a pleasant vinous character: a fine acidity with a drying astringency. This wine-like character combined with the nice bitter/sweet balance made for a good session ale that held my palate’s attention. It would be nice to try this on handpump.
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Did not realise this had a cask and bottle listing until I came across it yesterday (11th Aug 2014) after having a bottle at my brother-in-laws house: something I have done many, many times. This is his prefered UK bottled beer and he always has a few in. Anyway let us get onto the beer: it’s OK but nowhere near as good as a well kept cask Pedigree in a cosy pub.
Slightly red hue to the pale brown body, the white head, always leaving some lacing. Mildly sweet malts in the nose and taste with toffee flavours clearly coming through. The finish is a little bitter and hoppy, this helps to balance the beer nicely. I am sure this used to be creamier in the body years ago: sadly things change.
rangerred (918) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle into a nonic.
Pours a hazy dark copperish-brown with a thick half finger white head. Very good head retention that stays in place for a long time after the pour.
Aroma is loaded with toffee and caramel with a heavy dose of grassy hops. While nothing spectacular it is exactly on par with what the style should be.
The flavor adheres to the style just as well as the aroma. Loads of toffee and caramel but it is not too sweet. I feel the hops stand out a bit more here lending a mild, light bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The toffee turns into a bit of dark rye bread towards the finish with a touch of roast. Slightly sticky mouthfeeel with bitterness lingering through the finish.
Overall, this is a very well done English Bitter. Better than many bitters that come to the USA and I would absolutely love to have this out of a cask one day.
Niall73 (1694) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is light caramel and brown toast. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Light skunkiness to it - and light caramel, lemon, hazelnut, grass... Pretty dull but OK.
Sjohnh (152) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark amber with white head. Thin body, low carbonation. Malts dominate the nose - the draught version I used to drink in Manchester had a very distinctive aroma, somewhat sewer related - but none of that here. Slightly soapy, with a lasting bitter finish. Not my favourite English bitter.
ramboraffe (411) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
330 ml can. Clear dark golden with white head. Smell is sweet malty and cookies. Taste is sweet malt with fruits and bread. Low bitterness and low carbonation.
jimbad6 (17) - IRELAND - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden, filtered. Nice head but didn’t last long. Med - high carbonation. Malty sweetness, bread, herbal notes. Quite liked this
dreamflower (575) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, it’s very hot out. I’m hot and sweaty and this beer tasted a bit like cream soda and reminded me of my trip to England.
northropfrye (2202) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Listed on the bottle as "Martsons Pedigree Exceptional Premium Pale Ale" by an abv of 4.5%. I hope I’ve got the right one. Anyway...Slightly reddish pale body, with whit head, some lacing. Slight sweet malts in the aroma. Taste is sweet malts with a very faint touch of bitterness. A quaffable beer. Pretty typical English ale, nothing too special, but not bad.
RichardW (1502) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. My first ever ’regular’ cask beer two & a half decades ago. There’s a hint of the sulphury’ Burton snatch’ but its overwhelmed by dry, grassy malt. There’s some cherry on the tongue, sherbert in the finish and dry woody notes in between. Acceptable and middling.
Lowenbrau (1915) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, somewhere in time.
In short: a pretty decent bitter.
Pours some hazy golden with frothy white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Malty, some roasty, cereal and honey aromas. Medium body, average carbonation,some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, some hay hints, flowers, subtle roasty. Enjoyable.