rickgordon (3831) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Standing Order, Edinburgh.
Amber colour. Sweetish aroma with good fruitiness and hops backing up. Bit sugary in flavour, but I can take it as long as fresh hops are used. Bit nutty, toffeish with low bitterness.
Bullit (3725) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask @ The State. Amber colour, foamy off-white head. Aroma of vegetables, bit malty. Flavour is caramel malts, fruits, metallic, a bit harsh. Not my thing.
Cunningham (3685) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2012 Bottle. Light amber colour with a white head. Sweet malty nose. Mostly a malty flavour with a light bitterness.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nifty that Chris at Redbones was able to get this (and yes, I did confirm that this was not just a nitro/low-C02 keg, but an actual cask). Drunk on 11/28/06 (less than 6 hours from being tapped)
Couldnt ask for much more from the appearance. I suppose, when a British cask ale is done correctly, ie "Bright", and has a perfectly retained head that provides full lacing, it’s difficult to give it a poor score, as it is technically perfect. The rest would be adjusting it based on subjective color preference, methinks, which I don’t do. So a 5 it is. Anyways, the head is white/off-white and the body is a very deep, heavily burnished brass with light peach and copper tints. Perfectly clear with light bubbles rising sporadically.
Touches of diacetyl grace a lightly biscuit-like pale maltiness, that provides some dough, wet straw/hay and watered down buttermilk, I suppose. Hops only seem to provide bitterness, adding a dusty, pepperiness probably indicating EKGs or Saaz. Light ester fruitiness in the nose, but I thought it was muted by the creamy/doughy maltiness. Though I shouldnt imply that the nose was too sweet; it was actually quite dry and attenuated. Medium to medium-low strength overall, no flaws (mild diacetyl is hardly offensive).
Very creamy in the mouth, with light plant-like notes from the leafy, dry, dusty hops that give way to a light poundcake sweetness. A touch of hay-like graininess (or perhaps hop bitterness) perks up towards the end and delivers a refreshing enough finish. Not much flavor lingering on, a touch of sourness/mineral-like notes. Sweetness does not build up, nor does the beer seem overly dried out, nor terribly undermalted. Interesting in its extreme plainness. Fully inoffensive. I don’t know what I thought as I drank it, other than to think that it was quite quenching and gone rather quickly.
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of my rare cask ratings.Served from the cask at Warners leisure centre at Cricket St Thomas in Somerset. Its was perched on the bar which meant it was served far too warm.Nevertheless you you see that served correctly it would be a pretty impressive beer. Fruitiness is the first flavour you detect followed by a gentle bitterness and a dry refreshing finish. Would have scored higher if better looked after but as most of these venues usually only serve gassy keg rubbish it should be looked on as a bonus.
~ you - friday, may 14, 2010
jfb (3174) - GERMANY - OCT 22, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught, at The Scholars, Aberystwyth) clear reddish-amber colour with a creamy white head. faint aroma of bread, yeast and herbal hops. more pronounced flavour of lightly roasted malts, with a moderate fruitiness, light cigarello smoke, herbal hops and a yeasty breadiness. smooth carbonation, with a light to medium body and a lingering bitter finish.
Bart (2944) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask, Amber coloured with no carbonation and a dence, slighly off white medium head. Malty, slightly buttery hinted aroma. Silky full palate. Finish is light bitter smouth, creamy and slightly malty silky bitter hinted.
BlackHaddock (2925) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I hate it when breweries lower the ABV because of the taxman and then don’t lower the price at the pumps!
Anyway: this is a rate for a hand-pulled pint in The Nottingham, Cleethorpes on 9th Nov 2012.
Amber body, the head a thin layer of large bubbles. It wasn’t long before the weedy white foam had turned into a collar only, although a little lacing followed the beer down the glass.
The smell was minimal, some sweetish malts and hints of hops, but not a lot of anything (just like the original OSH).
The taste was sweetish, malty molasses and all that jazz.
Mid-body strength, it was fine I suppose, just would have liked a bit more ’umph’ and alcohol within the brew.
Embrouille (2778) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Mariners Arms, Braunton, North Devon. It pours an amber beer with a whitish creamy head. A short description: A beer with dominant grapefruit flavours with a touch of melon. A weak metallic finish follows. Rather watery but quite enjoyable.
probstblueribbon (2631) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Real Beer Expo (Rochester). Cask. Cascaded on pouring! Med. amber/coppery colour with minimal head. lots of malt, candy, toffee, caramel, apple and pear nose. yeasty like a Weizen. malty with decent hop balance. med. carbonation and mouthfeel.