hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Brown with a small white head. Burnt dough aroma. Delightful sweet, dark, bready malty taste with a faint ashiness. Bit like a date loaf. Lingering bitterness made this a cracker. 2.9.10. Same location Not quite so impressive this time. Toast and straw aroma. Sourness and background malt in the taste. Rated:6,4,6,4,11:3.1
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask up the Junction. Copper / amber colour. Caramel and maybe a little diacetyl in the aroma. Malty toffee flavour. Watery palate. So so.
imdownthepub (11662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at The Dun Cow, Hornton, Oxon. Amber red beer with slight head. Smooth creamy beer, highly and sweetly malted, few hops, but reasonable enough.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Conditioned, at the Market Porter, Borough, London.
Deep amber/ruby coloured body, speckled head. Malt dominated, tending to the sweeter palate. Lacks a bit a of length and bite.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (handpump) at The Star Inn, Bath, April 2006. Certainly ruby (and a rather handsome shade at that), but not particularly rich to my taste. Mainly malty, and on the sweet side. Not enough balancing hop presence for my taste. Competent, but really my thing.
StueyD (1499) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark copper red beer with a thick, light brown coloured head. The nose is rich, toasted malt, liquorice, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is bittersweet, malty, again liquorice, burnt sugar, a strong coffee element along with a bitter, dark chocolate like flavour. Followed by a lingering, sweet finish. Cask - @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 7, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was fprgetting about this. It wa snice, nice colour, like dark, good foam and good taste at all. Very good brwery.
RichardGretton (4447) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Nottingham Beer Festival. Light brown appearance with a light and malty aroma and a mild and malty flavour. Overall a plain, malty and slightly dry beer.
harrisoni (15643) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask handpull at Notts BF 05. Hey I get to tick off another style. Chestnut colour with thick beige head from a tight sparkler. Just a bit dead. Some caramel, not a lot of flavour, Bit creamy in mouth.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Nottm BF. Served at the Milestone brewery bar through a very tight sparkler. Any aroma was forced out of this beer by its dispense method. The ruby coloured beer had a viciously large creamy head - no thanks!! The taste is slightly malty but it’s so wishy washy watery. I thought I was drinking John Smiths Extra Smooth. Really sad. Score 1.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.2 and 2.9. Average becomes 2.7