stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Joiners Arms, Morpeth 220312
Caramel brown...clear..dense creamy white head..good lacing
Aroma - light caramel malt.hint of spicy hops..light yeast....dull aroma
Taste - caramel malts...light earthy spicy hops...light hedgerow fruit...bit of roasted malt..background of bitter hops...yeast
Palate - soft carb...medium body..smooth. Finish as main flavour..lingering light bitter hop...bit metallic finish
Overall - Ordinary bitter - not that impressed
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in August 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of toffee apple in the short aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a moist maltloaf base with a touch of molasses. Lacking in body and complexity though. Strong metallic tang to the aftertaste with hop resins adding a earthy, tealeaf note. Finish is quite dry with a hop bite still evident on the palate. A reasonable session ESB but there better examples out there - but maybe not in 1997?
armando629 (2448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Clear brown ale with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel and fruity character of hops, nice yeast. Médium bodied, oily slip, fine fruity hops with rosehip and herbs. Nice one with a good bitter aftertaste.
RichardGretton (4423) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a strongish head. The aroma is well roasted, and the flavour is deeply roasted with a caramel bitterness. Overall a very drinkable bitter.
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Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark red colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, caramel and coffee. Similar flavours with ovaltine also. Mild carbonation and a dry finish.
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber / brown pour with a hoppy malty aroma.
A carmale malt and hoppy taste with a bready finish. It was ok.
Yeastyboys (3) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a complex beer, malty, earthy,chocolate notes, so well balanced by the bitterness, a classic, such a change from pale over the top vindaloo beers that are in fashion at the moment.
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@GBBF2010. Clear amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma and flavour are both crisp crystal malty notes as well as caramel and mild chocolate maltyness. Also rather grassy and floral hopping and slight dried fruityness.
Martin243 (894) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint(s) at the Waggon Inn Gateshead. Dark brown with an off white dense head, and beautifully clear body: looked like a "well kept" pint. Rich burnt toffee flavour, medium bodied, and enough astringency in the finish to make you want another. To be honest, I drank this quite often when it first came out, so it became a "default" pint when there wasn’t anything unfamiliar or more tempting, but its worth acknowledging as a very good example of a straightforward, honest, premium bitter.
niquillis (1802) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Barley Mow, Birtley, Tyne & Wear. It’s looks a cracking pint and was well kept. Very earthy in it’s taste though, pleasant but not exceptional