thebeertourist (5003) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at The Coronet, Holloway Rd. Clear golden colour, frothy head. Fruity hop aroma. Flavours are a good blend of fruity hops and toffee malts. Raisins and apples are there, too. Nice
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (hand pulled) at the Babington Arms, Derby. This was 7.5% ABV on the occasion I tried it. Innocent gold body, disguised alcohol, touch of the Lockets cough drops to it. Quite yummy.
DanielBrown (4007) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pulled at the Bartons Arms, Birmingham. Golden beer, with a very loose froth head. Looked and smelt like a Golden. In fact, it tasted much like a Golden too, but a good one, with a nettley, crushing bitterness to finish. Never clocked this as a Barley, never even clocked it as being 7.5%. Enjoyed it though - cut through the spiciness of my accompanying Thai meal a treat.
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Oakham Brewery Tap, Peterborough. Does not taste as strong as it is. I had it with a Thai meal and did not realise its strength until I was trying to diffuse the hot chilli sauce, by swigging this like JHB. Found out half way through the meal that I was a bit wobbly. Got the usual Oakham citric hop flavours but a bit more metallic
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I love most Oakham beers, but not this one. The aroma is inviting of fruit and citrus hops, but the flavour is like cough mixture, honey and lemon style! The alcohol is also a bit noticeable and overall the flavours just don’t gel for me at all. (cask at Worcester beer festival)
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Cask@Bedford BF. Nose is quite aromatic with fresh tropical, lightly piney hops (some alcohol aswell). Palate starts off with fresh, with some kiwi fruit, finishing with some appley alcohol, well balanced, with a medium bitterness.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask - gravity (Huddersfield BF 2004): Clear yellowy (unsuspecting) appearance. Strong fruity malt aroma, alcohol evident. Sweet fruity malt palate, thickish, apple, grape, decent bite in the finish.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big beer for such a pale colour. I pretty much agree with Joeh on this one - definite Belgian tripel feel, with lots of resiny US style hops up front. Some sweet malt on the palate, but its not too sticky and there’s plenty of hop in there to provide balance throughout, finishing up with some citric bitterness too. Brash, but impressive. Cask (gravity dispense) at Bedford Beer Festival 2004.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Cask conditioned - Gravity Dispense - Bedford Beer Festival. Bit of malt and sticky hops in the aroma of this golden coloured beer. The taste is thick, malty and bready. Didn’t get so much hop as in the aroma. Doesn’t taste 8%. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.4 Score unaltered
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Conditioned at the Bedford Beer Festival 2004 (Wednesday Session). Wow this was great. Somewhere of a cross between an English Strong, a Belgian Strong, and an IIPA. Very Pale Gold, Sweety/syrupy. American hops. Great.