BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was brewed for the Royal wedding and the name is also to do with the union brewing system at the brewery.
The clear 50ml bottle (best before 31 Mar 2012) was opened and reviewed on 19 May 2011.
Dark, deep amber, golden syrup sort of colour, the off-white head leaving some solid lacing as the beer level fell.
The smell was of sweet molasses, caramel and treacle with the taste being suprisingly dryer than the aromas suggested. The over riding flavours were of malts, yet a hop bitterness is never far from the surface.
Although I liked the actual taste of the beer I thought the body to be thin and over carbonated, in fact almost fizzy.
Would like to try it in cask form.
ralphdot (1014) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
3.8% amber colour with a good head, liquorish aroma, subtle toffee taste, nice.
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, Asda Grimsby. Deep gold, thin but lasting white head and low condition. Slight toffee sweetness in the nose along with a vague citrus hop note, quite thin and dry in the mouth with some low maltiness and a touch of hop bitterness, short tinny dry and bitter finish
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask, Toby Carvery, Carlisle. A surprise to see this in such a location. Pale orange appearance, with the faintest haze. Has their trademark tang on the theoat, with some sweet malt and biscuit flavours. Nettles and grassiness also in there somewhere. Not too bad.
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber with an off-white head. Aromas are stewed pear with toffee and some nuttiness. Some hints of citrus with vanilla and oak. Flavours are sweet biscuit with thin lemon and dry tea. Had a soda water palate with a very thin cardboard finish. Not great.
wheresthepath (1920) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Cask at the Water’s Edge (Crown Carveries chain), Ruislip] Was surprised to see cask ales at all at a low-grade carvery chain, and was astonished that one of them was a one-off "special. Pale amber, negligible head. Oaky/ vanilla aroma. Very fruity taste interrupted by unpleasant sulphur notes. Buttery mouthfeel. Had the Burton character but possibly not the condition. Grew on me after a poor start, but still not all that good.
imdownthepub (12170) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned at The Black Horse, Cirencester. Amber with white head. There is a watery, boiled malt flavor to this with a fruity cidery apple background. It feels rushed. Nothing special.
tommann (3113) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Bridge, Kingswinford. Pours copper with a medium head. Aroma is a little watery caramel malt. Taste is general malt with a little apple on the finish. If this is a beer for the royal wedding, no wonder they said beer has no place at the table.