FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Thurs)
Darkish red. Some toffee and roast aroma. Smooth in the mouth, but some sweet caramel too. A bit ’lighter’ than I’d like. No guts.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1/2 pint on tap. Clear amber color. Little lacing, sour aroma. Hoppy enough that I mistook it for an IPA, bitter through the aftertaste. Light body. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I didn’t like it much.
AshtonMcCobb (3925) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Sunninghill Hotel, Elgin. Pours dark copper with a nice head. The nose is biscuity with just a hint of malt bitterness. The taste is dry malt with just some biscuit notes. The palate is medium in body and texture but with a dry astringent finish. Overall, disappointing compared to the bottled version.
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
on cask in edinburgh during rbesg07. a reddish shade of amber, clear with a steady head; aroma of butterscotch; simple and a little thin with a synthetic tangy lemon aftertaste; pretty unremarkable
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My local Wetherspoons (like most) was having a ‘Scottish Week’ around the ‘Burns Night’ date and on 26th Jan 2012 I popped in and had a couple of pints: the second one being this fine beer.
First had Red MacGregor at a CAMRA festival (GBBF) many years ago: not had one since joining this site though.
Hand-pulled pint into a UK sleeve, the beer is a clear ruby red colour: on top a full head of foam, cream-coloured. Good lacing hung to the glass side as the beer level sank, the beer was in a good condition and you could tell.
The nose is a real mixed bag: malts and hops vying for attention, each coming to the fore and reducing again as the beer goes through the warming process in the glass.
The taste is also a fine blend of flavours: sweet malts and fruit/citric hop notes joined at the hip by a mini yeast presence that gives the beer that fresh and natural feel to it.
Easy drinking beer, the alcohol just about apparent although the mouth feel and body carry it nicely.
AdamLawsonS (26) - - MAR 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good amber ale, crystal clear and smooth as hell. Fresh well balanced hoppy beer. Warm and malty with a good freshness. Slight aftertaste of treacle.
kwik-lime (1489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby colour with a thick head that lasts nicely through the pint. A touch musty with a good dry bitterness and a nice balance. Good beer.
ManVsBeer (5832) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark ale retaining a heavy and hoppy bitterness which dominates the taste.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in August 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Crystal clear pale ruby in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Short tart note of berry fruit in the brief aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a fiery digestive malt base with tart redcurrant fruit. Strong prickle of spicy hop resins present in the dry bitter aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry oak cask notes present in the palate. An ok session Ruby Ale.
Scopey (9010) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen. It pours deep amber, with a thick, dense beige head. The nose is tangerine, kumquat, wood and leaf. The taste is wood, leather, polish and citrus pith, with a bitter-dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and good balance. A really good example of the style.