DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle at Home 15/04/2010
Malt and hop aromas. Carbonation. White head. Amber coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter full malt finish.
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper with an off-white foam. Aromas are sweet weetabix and caramel malts. Some raisins, too. Flavours are sweet malts with some toastiness. Raisins with spices and evident alcohol. Some woodiness. OK, but not as good as Hens Tooth.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled A mid brown coloured beer with a red hue and no head. An interesting experiment drinking this the night after Abbot Reserve. They are similar but not the same. This is less good altho shares a lot of attributes, not least the toffee and fruity notes. Again good depth and warmth, but just a bit harsher in the mouth. It’s still very drinkable though.
MoritzF (8726) - GERMANY - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, vintage 2009) Clear, amber to copper colour with a mid-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Mildly toasted malty aroma with rich caramelly notes, accompanied by shades of citrus, liquorice, an oaky vanilla touch and alcohol. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Caramel-malty, subtle fruity taste with liquorice-spice and slightly oaky/woody accents; sweet and slightly bitter malt-accented and slightly spicy finish with an almost warming alcoholic note. Has some drinkability for sure. 03.IX.10
DrSilverworm (8546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Clear red / orange color. Good thin khaki / light grayish head. Some decent lace. Nice malty earthy hop aroma. Good raisin, kind of darker fruit aroma. Malts are balanced by the respectable amount of hop, here. Nice light bitterness. Smooth, light carbonation. Medium / bigger body, good more dry texture goes down easy. Really nice depth of flavor. Definitely exceeded my expectations. My favorite Morland brew yet, easily. Would get again / recommend.
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - DEC 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dagan’s place. Thanks Oren. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel and some oxidation. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, honey, some fruity notes and a slightly drier finish. Light to medium-bodied.
Fin (8320) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Kidlington, Oxon, 02-10-08 They had this and the GK Abbot Reserve on the shelf this evening. Pours reddy/amber with white head. Sweet and fruity bit tangy and with caramel in abundance, had that GK taste, I can’t put me finger on it or describe what that is exactly but believe me the GK thumbprint was there and quite heavily unfortunately. I really lost interest in this after a while and just drank it because it was there, like Hughie say’s it starts well, but I think it finishes with a whimper.
Borup (7875) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, oak, hops and fruit.
Ferris (7662) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Caramel and a bit of burnt sweetness. Clear amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel, oaky and a bit sour. Bitterness up front and a bit harsh. Overall not my favorite of the series. A bit rough around the edges.
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Raspbery jelly red with a fleeting big-bubbled bathfoam head. Pleasing waft of cask, raisin, toffee, oily English hop. Not bad. Downhill from there. OK dried fruit, peaty malt, traces of choc, caramel, vanilla, maybe biscuity malts on the end....but this has just got GK’s great big dirty thumbprint all over it. Feels empty and filtered/pasteurised clean of any potential character it might have had. Citric sickbowl notes like a hangover. Just a drab, headachy, overpriced rebottling of Old Speckled Hen by the taste of it. Unless it’s half price, or you’re stranded in Tossco on a Saturday night (like I was) minutes before kicking-out time contemplating the only beer on the shelves you haven’t had yet, AVOID.