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Brewed by Oakham
Style: English Strong Ale
Peterborough, England

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Occasional. Has also been brewed at 7% and 8%
Fruit notes and elder flower on aroma. Taste of ripe red berries and citrus fruit, with a long, bitter, fruity finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11377) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2008
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer B.F ’08. Bright gold with white head. Full on crisp hoppy beer, heady alcohol with a grapefruity, lemon hop character and a skinny apple note in the malty body. Good and dry with a nice tartness. A big beer, well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10841) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2010
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2010)
6 touch of butter but otherwise rich.
4 deep gold, flat
7 simple sweet malty palate
4 low carbonation, supersoft palate, a touch sweet and sticky, but lovely. Without the sweetness this would be 5
15 fuck me 7.5 percent. No way.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (9995) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, London. Clear orange / golden color, no head. Smell sour and cellar. Taste lightly bitter, tones of sweetness and fruit. Average carbo, low to medium body. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Big hoppy pine aroma. Clear golden coloured very hoppy fruity and pale. A little creamy on the palate with a crisp and slightly dry bitter malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Cask at George, Croydon. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is earth, straw, honey, perfumed, floral, apple and pear drops. The taste is soft fruit...melon, apricot, pear, honey, light toast, sweet bread, alcohol kick, light pine and some spice with a dry, bitter-sweet finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Smooth, well balanced and pretty drinkable at this sort of abv. Good work.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8832) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2003
Light gold in colour, this doesn't look dangerous. Aromas are sweet grain and alcohol vapours. Flavours are JHB on steroids. Grapefruit and grain. Grrrr.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2010
Cask at The Gallows Bird XIII Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Slightly hazy golden colour with no head. Dry fruity hoppy aroma with hints of alcohol. Bitter dry mildly fruity hoppy flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Cask, gravity dispense at Merton Summer Beer Festival July 18th and 19th 2008 (Yet another beer that I had on the Saturday morning when all was quite and after icing up , this was quite nice for breakfast at 07:30) Honey and hop dominate the nose of this almost straw coloured very light beer with a white foamy head sat atop. In a blind tasting I think that I would fail miserably at guessing the strength of this beer as it drank like a session ale. A nice floralness about this along with diluted honey and a delicate bitterness., its not a world beater and not even close to the best that Oakham can do but that aside its actually pretty good..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Cask, Charters, Peterborough (7.5%). Same pale shining clarity and frothy m/f as the Inferno somehow. Persistent and lacy. Drinks silkily like a Belgian. Nose of heady apple, citrus, custardy apple sauce sweetness. Nice. Lethally smooth concoction of lemony hop and creamy malt, with only a gnaw of almond hinting at the ABV. Still the signature crisp hopping shines through. One of the few genuinely nice cask English beers at this strength I’ve encountered.


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