SarkyNorthener (1081) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Copper beer small head. Sweet aroma. Taste is some sweet caramel, malts and a touch of hops. Drinkable basic stuff.
harrisoni (12066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from Terre de Boissons Calais. When I were a slip of a lad, back in the late 80s and early 90s I went to university in Liverpool and then subsequently visited it a couple of times a year to visit friends who’d stayed there afterwards. And I’d catch the train from that wonderful station of London Euston. I’d go searching for something to drink for the journey. Similarly when I was returning, normally on a Sunday so there would be engineering works and Liverpool to London would take 5 hours (seriously, L’pool via Manchester, Crewe, Brum/Cov with speed restrictions and then down to Euston), then I’d also look for a 4 pack to numb the tedium.
McEwans Export was sometimes/normally my beer of choice.
And I always liked seeing Scots going back to Scotland from Euston swigging from a bright red can at 9 in the morning.
So I know this beer well. That smiley face on the can, the bright redness of it, promised either a weekend of fun or the end of a weekend of fun back to miserable humdrumness.
And now after many, many years and many, many different beers its time to go back to a hero, a staple, a go to beer, a safe haven.
And it’s not as bad as I feared.
It’s rubbish, but not entirely horrible. In fact I even quite like it. A simple, sweetish, not very hoppy best bitter.
You know what?
So here’s to my youth, my hopes of a bright and successful future and to the wonderful people I met and still know when I were a slip of a lad.
shoestring (239) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like it. Not too chilled the flavours emerge. Malt. Som?e sweetness and butter. I can chug it loads
BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle: BBD 26 July 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7 June 2013. This is an old friend re-visited after a long absence.
Looked good in the tankard: brown with a russet red hue, on top a full and lasting white foaming head.
Semi-sweet malty molasses in the nose and taste with a crisp bitterness throughout. I remember it being richer and maltier back in the ’good old days’ but it still has a pleasant feel to it, if a little calmer in character.
OK, but with reservations.
Imaena (1629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can. This is bad bad terrible. Stay away-find a pub- don’t drink this bitter. You are better than this.
kingstoni (1163) - FINLAND - MAY 15, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can. Clear copper color with a frothy head. Aroma of wet grass, malt and grain. Medium bitter malty taste. Tastes a lot like a macro lager. Harsh on palate. Medium low carbonation.
zacgillbanks (1465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottles from Morrisons, Chester-le-Street, Wylam Wine Store, Ninepins Pub - Low Fell. This is a copper coloured beer with malty and sweet red fruity flavours, caramel and toffee notes with a sweet sugary finish. Previously brewed by McEwan’s, Edinburgh.
Melkart (155) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - MAY 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It seens unbalenced at the beggining, but the bitterness at the end gives a nice impression.
Cantabrian (672) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The poor presentation probably tells me what to expect. And it tells me well!
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Burnished copper in the pint with a few adhesive, soda-like bubbles and a lapsing, sudsy off-white head. Caramel and burnt sugar, roasted peanuts, Marmite, sweaty sock and kelp on the nose. Rather flaccid, soapy in feel and watery yet instantly heavy in the stomach. Burnt sugar, burnt toast, peanut skins, overbrewed tea giving a light astringency. Such a light floral note it might well not be there at all. Don’t feel like finishing this one. As bad now as it was 7 years ago. (50cL bottle, BB 12/06/13, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)
Draught, swan-neck @ the Station, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, Aug’ 2006.
Bright copper, no carbonation and a tight pad of beige atop that was lasting. Aroma of caramel, roasted nuts, wood, butter. Sickly, filmy mouthfeel with dominant burnt toast and peanut skin flavour before a woody finish that dies off quickly. Caramel here as well; hops non-existent. Pass me a decent bitter, I’m done with this one!!