BlackHaddock (6220) - 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 (1667) - 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 (8494) - 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 (1580) - 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 (12245) - 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.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - caramel with light floral
A - mid gold with lasting head
T - sweet
P - mid and soft
O - decent
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at picture house, Colwyn bay. Pours red brown with good white head. A typical red ale, with hints of spice. An excellent session ale.
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stravale (2744) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Kimberly Arms, Findhorn
Dark brown.....medium frothy head...good lacing...Aroma of caramel malts and some spicy hops....Taste of caramel malts..bit of roasted malt...bitter...light spicy hops...some fruit......Palate - soft carb...thin to medium body. Finish - quite bitter and peppery....burnt....over lingering..hangs around too long..doesn’t clean
Overall - Flavoursome hoppy bitter for the abv but that finish is too lingering
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Cloisters. Pours a red colour with a thick white head. Malty aroma of caramel and barley with grassy hops. Similar flavours with toffee notes. A little bitter with a dry finish and a long bitter linger. Mild carbonation. Not bad.