maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Merton Winter BF. Iím slightly concerned by the last sentence of Caseyís rating. Are we really doomed? If so I wouldnít mind going down drinking this little beauty. An amber coloured beer with the slightest hint of haze. The aroma is wonderful. Beautiful hops, malt and alcohol and all in balance. The taste is also very lovely and full of flavours. Again all superbly balanced and this time there are hints of spice also. Very American in my book. And very very delicious. Score 4.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 4.0
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity, Merton Winter Beer festival. Copper, lasting cream froth head. Lots of green hop aroma: melon, juniper cinnamon. Resiny hop bitterness, appealingly rough and aggressive. Melon flavor in a way that seems to capture the chin-dripping stickiness of ripe musk melon, while being simultaneously a crisply dry beer. Thatís impossible, but yet...there it is! This is dangerous stuff! We may have created a hole in the space-time continuum!
28 days... 6 hours... 42 minutes... 12 seconds. That... is when the world... will end.
Fin (9581) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, gravity at Merton Winter Beer Festival Febí 08 Dark reddy/brown beer with a nice white head. The hops surge forward on first inquisitive whiff absolutely flooding the aroma with some glorious citrusness, oakiness itís clean, fresh and stunning. The flavour gun is also set to stun as well, your mouth and tastebuds absolutely hammered with a juicy, hoppy frenzy of crisp grapefruit, bitterness hits but then in an instant a lovely sweet malty toffee underbelly rescues this and provides a stunning balance to this beer. This has the most incredible amount of flavourís present and really is one superb beer, my beer of the festival by some considerable margin.
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer Festival í08. Brown beer with white head. Now this is the real deal for me, with Oakham you are going to get the hops and this has enough to be an IPA, leafy, fresh, peppery with an oily perfume character. Then there is bitterness and grapefruit citrus notes bouncing around over the rich caramel body. This is a great beer in my book, I loved it.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The elusive Out Of The Vaults, Leicscum, when I should have been shopping. Vanilla, wood, walnut and leafy hop aroma. Still, tawny, intensely bitter. Dark heady fruit, bitter orange hop attack, bunches of flowers, bruising quinine hop bitterness. BLACKCURRANT. Oh yes. Rich, shampoo-like, intense...and edging towards loveliness.
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The downside, not a lot. Iím guessing amarillo, Centenial and mount hood, on a nice broad caramelly body. Sounds almost sexual. Still, very good stuff. if a tad sweet for more than a couple.
Draught @ the coastguard, 29/12/07
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Stillage from the upstairs bar at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 16/02/2007
Fruit and hop aromas. Dark mid brown coloured with some alcohol present. Fruity bubble gum flavour. Crisp and bitter malt finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity dispense), White Cliffs Best Festival. Attractive bronzed copper colour. Big Pacific North-West hop aroma - flowery and aromatic. Powerful grapefruit flavour with some tropical fruit notes. Thereís some malt providing and almost chocolate touch in the background. Sharp, resinous hop finish, tending towards astringent. Could easily be mistaken for an American beer and there are not too many British beers you could say that about. Assured and impressive.
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright bottled at Dover Beer Fest 2007. Well, this is a delicious beer and thatís a fact. Great mix of hops and malt. Lovely brew - smooth, clean and flawless. The hops are strong, but are in harmony with the malts. Iíd love to know what malts and hops are used here, and in what proportion, because they work together so well. Fascinating aroma of damp leather and lilies, great mouthful of honeyed toffee malt with a scintillating rush of electric citric hops full of flowers and fruit. A grand, grand beer.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2007. As it seems to be always with me, I have an Oakham beer as the first beer of a festival and almost always ends up being beer of the festival for me. Does this one? Not sure yet. Deep chestnut colour with lasting bubbly beige head. Trademark grapefruit. Unbelievably hoppy for a British beer. Good toffeeish malt. Nice mixed finish. Grapefruit leafyness is lovely. Great resiny pine throughout.