RichardW (1514) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Copperfields, Tynemouth. Dark brown, mid-strength ale, with a deep malty taste and aroma, can become quite roasty on the tongue after a few sips. Hops can be detected, but they are quite subtle. My least favourite of their core range, but still a good brew.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Eastbourne Beer Festival, 11th Oct 2008. Deep chestnut colour with a strange mix of malt & hop aromas. Nice toffee sweetness and fruit on the tongue but feels a bit unbalanced.
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handpulled cask at Lloyds no 1 bar(JDW) St. Albans. Chestnut colour and good head with plenty of condition. Well balanced strong northern bitter.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Roebuck, Nottingham. This is a copper beer with a fairly faint roast aroma. The flavour is much more powerful with lots of malt and some smokiness with a lingeringly bitter finish.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Market Porter (Apr í08). Copper colour with foamy white head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, malt. Taste is more dark fruits, bitter, nutty, hoppy. Very drinkable.
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Cask conditioned - handpump - Vat & Fiddle, Nottingham. An amber coloured beer with a whitish head. The aroma is pretty heavy on the fruits with hints of toffee. The taste is really malty with more berry fruits. For all that itís pretty tasty and quite smooth. This isnít how I remember this beer from six or seven years ago, but itís still nice enough. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.4, 3.4 & 3.7. Average becomes 3.5
berkshirejohn (4527) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading. Cloudy copper with a creamy white head; bry and herbal to start the developing a malty orange sweetness; nutty and warming finish. Hard to see why this would be a Champion Beer.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
cask at market porter, borough. Malty, caramel. Toffee and hoppy. Some minerals. Quite nice.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Party Town, KY. Poured clear dark copper color with an average white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a dry bitter texture. Medium sweet bitter flavor with a smoot toasted bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable flavorful brew.
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. A really great beer with a nice, well-balanced range of aromas and flavours. The aroma is a blend of malt, plum and some caramel. The flavour starts with bold, but smooth, roasted malts then combining with dark fruits like plum and blackcurrent and finally finishing off with a lovely bitterness. The pub added to the enjoyment with a selection of interesting books and a wonderful view of the Tyne bridge. Excellent.