Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours a clear rust color with a medium sized white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raisins, caramel and soy. The taste is toffee, treacle, herbal notes, anise, soy. Medium bodied. Decent.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Underwhelming aroma, quite warming and gentle pale malt. boozy flavour, especially at the finish. Grainy with some caramel.
OllieBBommel (1041) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@tasting, 50cl. Head: off-white colored foam. Color: clear, orange. Aroma: hops, some sour. Taste: butterscotch, some sweet, bitter. Palate: dry, smooth, medium body, bitter finish. Overall: very nice.
twindadplus2 (585) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle from Woodman’s. Deep ruby red color with a small, firm beige head. Aroma is creamy, roasted malt with a spicy sweet note. Flavor is roasted malt and medicinal hops. A hint of semi-sweet chocolate sweetens it up at the end. Crisp, long lasting bitter finish but still smooth on the palate. A definite winner.
The Etruscan (498) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Dark amber colour. Light beige weak head. Aroma is malty with fruity (hazelnuts, raisins) and light caramel notes. Flavor is malty too with fruity (banana, raisins, prunes), caramel and toffee tones, ending in a balanced bitter and fruity finish, Medium bodied.
SarkyNorthener (1691) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber in colour small head. Aroma is of sweet malts. Palate is a little thicker than usual. Taste is of caramel and toffee a little sweet. Small amount of warming dried fruits in finish. A nice beer, better than speckled hen.
stevoj (1977) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep orange/amber with silky/creamy head. Head stays with the drink and coats the glass. Taste of toffee with some bitterness. Some of the oak barrel comes through in the flavor. Different from the usual English bitter....
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No aroma whatsoever. Color is a amber, hazy, oily white head. Flavor is strong corn, tin foil, and malt. Only aftertaste is tin foil. This tastes like it is bordering on a malt liquor. Hoped for something more subtle, like the speckled hen.
crazyvin (1901) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear brown body with a nice off-white head that had nice retention and some lace. A nice grassy hop profile dominated the aroma malts had a hay quality to it, but there was some caramel malts to it. Flavor had good balance between hops and malts. Caramel malts were a little more present then aroma indicated but took a back seat to nice hay flavors. Hops were delicately bitter with some grass notes. A slight fruit note in the finish. Slightly dry.
Smallprint (74) - - SEP 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful, dark copper/red colour with a very thin off white head that quickly dissipates, though this is probably because of the dishwasher tablets. Smell of malts, very slight fruity smell. Lovely, rich malty taste with some notes of biscuit and dark fruits. Has a bitter finish which lasts, very smooth to drink. Much, much better than Old Speckled Hen and Old Golden Hen, a pleasant surprise! Fuller’s 1845 is better though.