berkshirejohn (4587) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Hobgoblin, Reading. Bronze with a dense cream head; aroma of sour grain and herbal hops; oily in the mouth, with a complex combination of apricot fruit sweetness and roasted malt dryness; the finish is dry and warming in an Old Ale style. Very drinkable and moreish.
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) at the Wenlock Arms, April 2008. I thought this lot were supposed to be rebranding as Celt Experience, following the move of the brewery from Somerset to Wales, but it would seem that beers under the Newmans badge are still appearing. I guess if they are going to continue with some of the beers, that makes sense as, having a range based on extinct animals from Somerset doesn’t really fit in with a Celtic/Welsh theme. As for the beer. Reddish copper colour. Fairly malty aroma. Slightly smoky. Fruity elements in the flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. A pretty decent drop.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned @ Raven, Bath. Slightly farty yeast. Otherwise fine with biscuity malts and leafy hops.
harrisoni (13848) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask handpull at Wenlock Arms. Copper/pale chestnut colour. Thin beige head. Herby hop, nice juicy and slightly dry malt. Good malts, really like it, between juicy and dry malts with nice fruit.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Out Of The Vaults, Leicester. A dark amber coloured beer with off-white bubbles. The aroma is woody and dry with maybe a little licquorice. The taste is woody and dry also with some berry hints and sweet malts. A little odd and maybe old fashioned but OK.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: Gravicask at the White Horse in Hedgerley.
Dark brown colour. A little bland but there is some pleasant fruity malt with a decent earthy finish with a tiny hint of hop. Drinkable and tasty.