Fin (6640) - 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.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, 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.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a low cream head. Light malt aroma. Malt and toffee flavor. Medium bodied. Malt and light toffee linger with light citrus and light dried fruit.
Hansen (5976) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured and clear. Has a white head. Heavy malty aroma, sweet, syrups, yeast. Flavor starts heavy sweet, some kind of wine, finish light bitter. Syrupy texture.
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (stale apricot), with notes of cotton candy and diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Artificial, candy-ish nose with the usual stale hop smell. Sugary sweet with a dirty sourness. Blech.
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Amber body. Sugary nutty caramelly aroma with toffee and roasty rye bread notes. Sweet-dryish caramelly nutty fruity taste with citric notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry nutty caramelly aftertaste with oily grassy notes. Really nice, subtle, drinkable. Perhaps a bit dense and cloying. (0.5l bottle, shared by Ole_R.)
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/12/11. 500mL bottle. Mostly clear amber pour with a small, foamy, soapy tan head that fades to nothing quick. Mild aroma of biscuits and a touch of roast. Bitter, toasty flavor with a bit of dark fruits and big butterscotch mixed with a bit of papery cardboard. Meh.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Pours a nice deep amber hue with a creamy slightly off-white head and left good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of herbal and grassy noble hops(I think some EKG is in there) along with mild, crystal and slight toasted malts. Ever so slight oxidization and oaky notes along the vapours. The taste is very well balanced with a nod of bitterness to offset the sweet malt. Well rounded wood and earthiness lingers upon the palate with a dash of spice, pipe tobacco and butterscotch notes. The addition of the olde ale really adds a layer of complexity to this brew. The mouth feel is actually heavy for the genre, smooth and creamy with a quick dry tannic finish. I really liked this, above expectations and lucky that the clear bottle (damn it anyway) did not bring about any skunky character. Colour this fan of Olde Suffolk impressed! (methinks this would rock on cask!!)
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at beer exposed. Alround rating: I just cant get passed the appley sweet sickly green king pasturised character of this fellow, its like big and malty, but the appley sweetness is really really annoying. Skunky also.
KyotoLefty (5575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich, malty nose. Raisins, light port, some sweet orange, caramel, and a bit of cheese. Deep amber with a nice fine head. Malty and vineous. Lotsnof dried fruits, caramel, toffee. This is some fun stuff. Not cloying, but finishes dry and earthy. Smooth and full. Dig it.