Fin (8704) - 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 Feb’ 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 it’s 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 flavour’s present and really is one superb beer, my beer of the festival by some considerable margin.
DruncanVeasey (7881) - NUNEATON, TOP, 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.
chriso (7512) - 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. There’s 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.
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 16/09/09. Murky brown colour wih a decent off-white head. Big, hoppy aroma with plenty of fruit and some earthiness. Fairly easy drinking despite the strength and multitude of flavours - sweet doughy malts, red fruit, citrus hops and a long, bitter finish. Full of character and great stuff.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: cask at the New Crown JDW.
A mid copper colour with a thin white film and excellent condition. Excellent Oakham hoppage in the aroma with a slight sweaty note that I can only describe as the smell of a good woman after a sexual extravaganza. Backed up by some awesome bready malt in the background and a faint whiff of booze makes it a glorious olfactory experience. The flavour is pretty much identical. Yes I can taste lady bits... And all the rest of it too. Damn. This is just excellent. Good developing bitterness in the finish, giving it excellent length. Wonderfully drinkable considering the reasonable happy making factor. Awesome stuff. Hats off to Tom for getting this to the glass in such fine form.
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at Black Door, Helsinki, on 2009-07-11) Deep amber colour and clear. Medium sized and long lasting white head with small bubbles. Medium bodied and dryish palate with very low carbonation. Hops, fruitiness, pine resin, malts, salt water, ligtly roastedness, caramell and citircness in aroma. Malts, hops and bitterness in long lasting aftertaste.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Cask in the boat in peterborough just next to the festival. Alround rating: Fruity yeastyness, appley, alcoholic peppery notes, spicey toffeeness. RERATE: Cask in the new crown. Alround rating: aroma is soo fruity, like plums and pears, lychee and orange. Taste is fuller and fruityness is key. Alround a great beer that was very unexpectitly good.
SilkTork (5450) - 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 that’s 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. I’d 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.
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask@The Criterion, Leicester. Reddish brown beer with a bubbly head. The aroma is malty and hopped and the flavour is very sweet and very bitter. Overall a too sweet beer.
DanielBrown (4212) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pulled at the Criterion, Leicester. Really hardcore hops. Varnished finish, lasting and tart. The hop is sweet to start with, with a double IPA style flavour. Chestnut colour. Challenging and full.